Air New Zealand celebrates selling one million airfares sold for under $50 in one year

The airline changed its domestic fare structure last year.
The airline changed its domestic fare structure last year. Photo credit: James Coleman/Unsplash

Air New Zealand has announced it's sold more than one million domestic airfares for under $50 since it overhauled its domestic pricing structure last year. 

The airline lowered its lowest fares on 41 domestic routes in February, 2019, reducing some by up to 50 percent.

Air NZ's Cam Wallace says the response from customers has been fantastic. 

"When we announced this overhaul in February last year, we committed to making three quarters of a million seats a year available for less than $50. It's terrific to have well and truly surpassed this and to hit the one million milestone," he said.

Although 600,000 of those flights sold under $50 were on the airline's regional network, the cost to travel to the regions on Air NZ remains one of the most complained about aspects for the company.

In a recent discussion on Newshub Travel's Facebook group, where members were asked to give feedback about Air NZ, the regional airfare issue dominated.

"Stop making prices to the regional ports so expensive! Sick of paying over $500 return for seat only!" one comment read.

In November, 2019, rival airline Jetstar ceased its regional operations in Aotearoa, making Air NZ the only option on some routes.