Trans-Tasman a top choice for business travel

19 Jan 2015

Business travellers are heading across the Tasman in droves as competitive airfares, greater frequency and high capacity deliver strong returns on investment for commerce in New Zealand.

Airfare ticketing results from Corporate Traveller revealed Auckland outgunned  international hubs including Singapore, London and Hong Kong to be the most visited international destination for its clients.

Wellington and Christchurch also featured regularly in the company's monthly top 10 for international ticket sales. 

Corporate Traveller General Manager Astrid Richardson said increased competition from some of the world's best airlines had made the trans-Tasman route one of the most economical in the world.

"The domestic airfare truce between Qantas and Virgin Australia greatly reduced the cost difference between local and trans-Tasman fares, especially for those flying business class," she said.  

"Currently, you can book a business class fare from Melbourne to Auckland for travel in February that's less expensive than one from Melbourne to Sydney."

Corporate Traveller's booking data showed return business class fares from Melbourne to Sydney cost approximately $1,350, whereas a return business class fare from Melbourne to Auckland could be purchased for less than $1,300.

Ms Richardson said there had never been a better time for Australians to be doing business across the Tasman due to New Zealand's positive economic conditions and accessibility.

"Three of New Zealand's largest cities represent a significant percentage of business travel from Australia. The popularity and frequency of services mean competitive fares are unlikely to disappear any time soon."