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NZ air travel cost falls

NZN 31/05/2017 Rebecca Howard

Malaysia offers the least expensive flight prices while Belgium is the most expensive, according to online travel agency's second annual flight price index.

The research, based on 80 of the world's most frequently visited countries and cities, found that Malaysia averaged a flight cost of $US4.18 ($NZ5.90) per 100 kilometres of travel, followed by Bulgaria and India, while Belgium came in at $US54.63/100 km, edging out the Netherlands and Qatar.

New Zealand was in position 17, with an average cost of $US8.43/100 km of travel. In the prior survey carried out a year ago, it was in position 24 with an average flight cost of $US11.42.

The rankings are calculated by analysing the costs of over 1 million flights to find an average price of short-haul and long-haul flights.

Domestic flights were calculated by finding an average of flight costs from a country's capital to up to five major cities within the country or a major city in a neighbouring country that is no more than 1000 km away. International flights were calculated using journeys from all international airports in each country to up to five international hubs.

Costs have come down in New Zealand due to increased completion on both domestic and international routes. Australia was in position 69 with an average cost of $US29.39/100 km of travel. The US wasn't included.

In 2016, the least expensive was India at $US3.25/100 km of travel, while the most expensive was the United Arab Emirates at $US105.71.

"Ticket prices fluctuate constantly for a myriad of reasons. Year on year changes can partly be attributed to fuel prices, sociopolitical shifts such as Brexit, recent elections and fluctuations in foreign exchange rates," said chief executive Oliver Dlouhy.

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