Jetstar Deal Should Never Have Flown

Handing a lucrative government travel contract to Jetstar, a foreign owned airline, is outrageous when we have our own national airline, says New Zealand First Leader and Northland MP Rt Hon Winston Peters.

Our taxpayer owned national carrier Air NZ should be the preferred airline of choice for all domestic travel – as well as international travel.

“Typically National is paying lip service to ‘Buy NZ’ claims.

“The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has made a major blunder in handing the contract over to Australian owned Jetstar for travel by all government agencies.

“If MBIE believes there will be cost savings and greater efficiencies they need to think again - Jetstar has an appalling record for delays and cancelling flights without notice. 

“Air NZ should be the preferred airline of choice on all domestic routes – not Jetstar or any other foreign owned airline,” says Mr Peters.