AirportXchange fails to fly in NZ

Kiwi airports are yet to be convinced by an Asian e-marketplace set up to service their industry.

Kiwi airports are yet to be convinced by an Asian e-marketplace set up to service their industry.

None have yet joined the AirportXchange system, owned by Malaysia-based systems integrator Xybase Technologies, though at least two remain interested.

AirportXchange.com lets the air travel industry buy and sell excess inventory, build lists of preferred suppliers and post online tenders and compare quotes. Sydney confirmed that it was talking to AirportXchange.com among other exchanges when the site was launched last July.

Hong Kong, Melbourne, Brisbane and Frankfurt airports have ads posted on the site.

Auckland International Airport previously doubted the effectiveness of the e-marketplace, believing it insufficiently New Zealand orientated.

However, e-business manager Steve Williamson says when the airport was contacted by Xybase last year he asked them to make a presentation to the airport the next time they were in New Zealand. “We have not been contacted by Xybase subsequent to that invitation. The offer is still there.”

Christchurch International Airport market development manager Vic Allen says the airport hasn’t really considered joining the e-marketplace.

“We have been keeping a watching brief on this area. There are a number of initiatives similar to AirportXchange. We are not interested in being at the sharp end of developments. We are adopting a wait-and-see attitude,” Allen says.

A spokeswoman for Wellington International Airport reiterated the company view given six months ago, which was that the airport could not see a need for an airport of its size to join the e-marketplace.

Attempts to contact Xybase were unsuccessful.

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