Australian market regulators have approved the extension of the alliance between Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand for another five years – until October 31, 2018.
However, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), retained capacity conditions on some routes as part of the final authorization.
Soon after the approval was secured, Virgin Australia expanded its code-share flights with Air New Zealand on 17 more domestic New Zealand routes, in addition to the numerous destinations within New Zealand that were part of an existing code-share agreement.
For international travelers vacationing in both New Zealand and Australia, the expanded code-share agreements mean that you can fly from the US to and within Australia on Virgin Australia and continue your journey to New Zealand through Virgin’s code-share flights on Air New Zealand – all on one international ticket.
The benefits include international checked luggage allowances on all flights. Check out our GeWi Pass for more information and savings on your multi-flight international ticket.
In July, the ACCC extended the Air New Zealand-Virgin Australia alliance for three years, prompting appeals for reconsideration by the two airlines. The currently active Qantas-Emirates alliance had been approved by the Australian regulators for a period of five years.
The ACCC also approved a hike in Air New Zealand’s stake in Virgin Australia to nearly 26 percent.
Both airlines welcomed the regulators decision as it will provide travelers with more options and convenience for traveling within New Zealand.