In 2018, New Zealand First MP Shane Jones raised eyebrows by picking a public fight with then-Air New Zealand CEO Christopher Luxton. For many,
Australian budget airline, Jetstar, announced last week that it would be phasing out its flights to regional New Zealand destinations. It would impact the pockets of these consumers the most as it virtually hands national carrier Air New Zealand a monopoly over these flights. Without competition, the airline has no incentive to keep prices low despite capitalizing on Jetstar’s decision by offering promotional discount prices immediately after the latter’s announcement.