Jetstar boss: Timing a bit funny’

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The timing of Auckland airport’s buy-in is “probably a bit funny”, Jetstar boss Bruce Buchanan says. 

“Queenstown’s one of the fastest-growing airports we fly to. 

“We’ve announced flights from the Gold Coast and Melbourne, and more Auckland flights. In terms of what 
we’re doing alone, I’d have thought you were better off capitalising on some rapid-fire growth that’s going to be built up over the next few years. You’re more likely to be able to secure a better price. 

“Queenstown’s the sort of airport that could probably raise the funding – I guess [the airport] is being conservative.” 

Buchanan’s surprised the deal didn’t go through a public process. 

“I reckon they could have got a lot of people interested. But they were probably keen to have an airport partner.”