16 May 2008

Air New Zealand raises Pacific fares

9:30 am on 16 May 2008

Air New Zealand is increasing trans-Tasman and Pacific Island airfares because of rising fuel prices.

The move follows the increase in the airline's domestic prices last month.

The three-percent increase applies from May 26th for trans-Tasman airfares sold in Australia and New Zealand, and Pacific Island airfares sold in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.

Air New Zealand says while it regrets lifting fares, it couldn't continue to absorb the significantly higher cost of fuel.

It says Singapore jet fuel has increased by a further 12.5percent per barrel since April 30th from US-144-dollars to US-162-dollars.