Jetstar to sponsor Wellington business group

Jetstar, the low cost wing of Qantas, is to become to a key sponsor of the Wellington Employers' Chamber of Commerce (WECC).

Speaking at a chamber breakfast event in the capital this morning, David Hall, who heads Jetstar's operations in Australia and New Zealand said the deal would ''formalise our support for [the WECC's] work through a strategic business partnership".

WECC president Richard Stone said the partnership would enable the chamber to increase its offering of events.

The organisation runs frequent breakfasts hosted by leading business figures.

"Jetstar has shown its commitment to Wellington with its services for the past three years and we look forward to the new growth from next month."

Jetstar started flying into Wellington when it launched New Zealand domestic services in 2009 and now offers direct services to Auckland, Christchurch and Queenstown.

Last month it announced it would add extra domestic flights including another 500,000 seats a year into and out of Wellington.

In recent months the airline has attracted controversy after a staff member demanded a 'pregnancy' medical certificate from a passenger who was not pregnant; refused some pregnant women permission to fly, despite having flown with the airline days earlier without problems; and forgetting to adjust flight times for daylight saving.

Contact Hamish Rutherford
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