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Air New Zealand drops ticket prices in wake of coronavirus outbreak

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Air New Zealand is slashing its prices in a bid to stimulate travel as fears of a coronavirus pandemic hamper ticket sales.

Air New Zealand is slashing its prices in a bid to stimulate travel as fears of a coronavirus pandemic hamper ticket sales.

The airline is offering return flights for as little as $128 between Melbourne and Christchurch, so long as the passenger doesn't bring check-in luggage.

For check-in luggage, the price will go up another $20.

Prices between Melbourne and Auckland start at $120, and Sydney to Wellington costs $135.

Sydney to Auckland will cost $135.

Tickets from Brisbane to Christchurch or Auckland are selling for $136 and $138, respectively.

The sale will last until the end of Monday.

Chief Revenue Officer Cam Wallace touted the low prices.

"Customers are going to get some ridiculously good deals on flights across the Tasman," he said.

"Like all airlines we have seen some softness in demand on routes like the Tasman where we now have some empty seats due to travellers mainly from Asian destinations not connecting between Australia and New Zealand."

Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

The coronavirus outbreak has decimated the airline and travel industry across the world.

Air New Zealand announced earlier this week it was cutting many flights across Asia in the face of dramatically lowered demand.

That includes flights to Hong Kong, Shanghai and Seoul.

Earlier this week the airline projected that coronavirus would reduce its earnings from between $34 million and $72 million.

This month Cathay Pacific urged staff to take three weeks of unpaid leave to keep the airline afloat.

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Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/world/air-new-zealand-drops-ticket-prices-in-wake-of-coronavirus-outbreak/8fb5ba22-a41e-4f96-9000-f630348d3c55

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