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Airlines in Australia and New Zealand Establish Industry Group - A4ANZ

Australia and New Zealand’s major airlines have established a new industry group to advocate and pursue reform on public policy issues that impact the aviation sector and broader economy in the region.

 Airlines for Australia and New Zealand (A4ANZ) will enable Air New Zealand, the Qantas Group, Regional Express Holdings and the Virgin Australia Group to contribute to the policy debate on issues that affect all Australian and New Zealand travellers, including those relating to airports, taxation and fees, access to efficient infrastructure and broader regulatory reform.

Professor Graeme Samuel AC, the former Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission whose professional career has spanned senior roles in law, investment banking and public service, will be the independent chair of A4ANZ.

A4ANZ will be governed by a Board made up of a representative from each member airline, in addition to the independent Chair, to oversee the management of the industry group. The CEO will be appointed in coming months.

The group will be funded by its members: Air New Zealand, the Qantas Group, Regional Express Holdings and the Virgin Australia Group. Member airlines are Air New Zealand, Jetstar, Qantas, Regional Express (Rex), Tigerair Australia and Virgin Australia.

Air New Zealand Chief Executive, Christopher Luxon, said, “Australia and New Zealand must compete for visitors on the world stage against many other attractive destinations. To be competitive we must continue to improve cost and quality in all parts of the travel experience but we are constrained by a legacy of under investment and over recovery at key airports. A4ANZ will add its voice to that ambition”.

Qantas Group CEO, Alan Joyce, added, “Airport fees and charges continue to increase while airlines are offering fares at levels significantly cheaper than they were over a decade ago. A4ANZ’s goal is to achieve regulatory reform that will promote a competitive and sustainable airline industry in the interests of Australian and New Zealand travellers.”

A4ANZ Member Airlines

Air New Zealand facilitates more than 15 million customer journeys each year and employs around 11,800 people.

The Qantas Group flies more than 50 million passengers each year and employs over 30,000 people.

Rex flies some 1.2 million passengers each year and employs around 1,100 people.

The Virgin Australia Group flies over 24 million passengers each year and employs around 9,500 people.

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