Qantas boss says streamlining transtasman border will benefit both countries

Travelling between New Zealand and Australia is tipped to become easier in the future. Photo / 123RF
Travelling between New Zealand and Australia is tipped to become easier in the future. Photo / 123RF

Qantas chief Alan Joyce has called for smoother border arrangements between New Zealand and Australia and taken a swipe at government taxes which are "killing the goose that lays the golden egg."

Joyce said Australia-New Zealand travel should be as seamless as possible.

"There's no reason why the travel between the two countries should be not like travel within New Zealand. It should be the same. It would make it easier for business travellers and it would make tourism a lot easier," he told a Transtasman Business Circle event.

More than a million passengers cross the Tasman from each country every year.

"From an infrastructure perspective what it does is improve our efficiency dramatically because we can use domestic terminals."

He noted taxes were going up when air fares were going down.

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce. Photo / Dean Purcell
Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce. Photo / Dean Purcell

"We are seeing taxes by governments that are, we think, killing the goose that lays the golden egg. For example the Australian passenger movement charge is going up to A$60 [$65] per passenger."

Border charges were also increased in this country in the past two years for bio-security screening.

Joyce said he was also concerned about rising airport charges.

A group of airlines have put aside their commercial differences to advocate for airline issues with governments "to make sure we can compete against the rest of the world."

Air New Zealand, Qantas, Virgin, REX, Jetstar and Tiger are part of the group.

- NZ Herald

Get the news delivered straight to your inbox

Receive the day’s news, sport and entertainment in our daily email newsletter

SIGN UP NOW

© Copyright 2017, NZME. Publishing Limited

Assembled by: (static) on production apcf04 at 23 May 2017 10:51:50 Processing Time: 700ms