Australia and New Zealand
UK trade & investment lists the unique challenges of doing business in Australia, but don't let them put you off. It is, says UKTI, 24 hours from the UK, covers three time zones, distances between state capitals are immense (Perth is 3,300km from Sydney) and Australia can be expensive due to the current exchange rate.
That said, it urges UK companies to travel to both Australia and New Zealand. “If your product or service is successful in the UK,” it advises, “there’s a good chance you’ll be successful Down Under.”
This forecast is largely based on the strengths of the Australian and New Zealand economies. Australia’s has experienced more than 20 years of continuous growth, averaging 3.5% a year. It features low employment, contained inflation, low public debt, and a strong and stable financial system. And New Zealand's economy is similarly strong, making a solid recovery since the 2008/2009 recession. Annual growth has averaged 2.2% since 2010, reaching 2.9% in September 2014.
Such progress has helped fund exports from Britain to both countries. The UK sent £10billion-worth of goods and services to Australia in 2013, a staggering increase of 63% since 2007. By comparison, the small New Zealand market bought a highly healthy £1.1billion–worth of our total exports in 2014.
Now, says UKTI, is the time to venture into the antipodean markets, joining some 1,000 British companies doing business in Australia each day. Or cross the Tasman Sea to New Zealand, a growing market that is keen to buy British.
Both British Airways and Qantas fly direct from Heathrow to Sydney daily, via Singapore and Dubai respectively, with no change of aircraft. All the carriers flying from the UK to Australasia out of Heathrow serve Sydney via their hubs. These include Cathay Pacific (via Hong Kong); Singapore Airlines (Singapore); Emirates (Dubai); Malaysia Airlines (Kuala Lumpur); China Airlines (Beijing); Air New Zealand (Auckland); Thai Airways (Bangkok); and Air India (Delhi). UK regional services to Sydney are provided by Emirates from Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and Newcastle, in addition to its departures from London Gatwick
Melbourne daily. Non-direct services to the Australian city via their hub airports are flown by a number of airlines. These include Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Qatar Airways (Doha), Etihad (Abu Dhabi), China Eastern Airlines (Shanghai), Air New Zealand, Royal Brunei Airlines (Bandar Seri Begawan); and Philippine Airlines (Manila). Emirates offers flights to Melbourne from Birmingham, Newcastle, Manchester and Glasgow, plus London Gatwick.
There are no direct services from the UK to Perth, which means taking a non-direct flight from Heathrow and changing aircraft en route. Options through their hubs are provided by Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Cathay, Qatar Airways, Thai Airways, Air New Zealand and Malaysia Airlines. From the regions, Emirates departs Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and Newcastle, and Qatar Airways flies out of both Manchester and Edinburgh
There are no direct services from the UK to Brisbane. This means flying with one of several airlines via their hub airports. Among these are Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Etihad, Emirates, Cathay, China Southern, Korean Air (Incheon), Philippine Airlines, Eva Air (Taipei), and China Eastern. Again, the Middle Eastern carriers score points for offering regional flights. To Brisbane, these include Emirates from its five departure points, and Etihad from Manchester and Edinburgh.
Aukland, New Zealand
Air New Zealand offers the only direct flights from the UK to Auckland, flying daily from Heathrow via Los Angeles. Nondirect services via their hub airports are offered by carriers including Emirates, Cathay, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Korean Air, China Eastern, China Southern and Malaysia Airlines. In addition, Emirates flies to Auckland from its five UK departure points via Dubai.
Wellington, New Zealand
In the absence of direct flights from the UK to the New Zealand capital, the alternative is to travel with Air New Zealand from Heathrow via Los Angeles and Auckland or with Qantas via Australia.
Regional routes are operated by Qantas, low-cost subsidiary QantasLink, Jetstar, Tiger, Virgin Australia, Regional Express, Air North and Air New Zealand.
Information correct at time of publication: January 2016