Air New Zealand is to increase trans-Tasman
capacity between Australia and Queenstown by a further 30% this
coming ski season, taking the total number of direct services to
13 per week.
For the peak July and August periods, weekly
return services from Sydney will increase from five to six,
Melbourne from two to three and Brisbane from three to four.
Flights from Auckland will also increase by 30%
over the same period, with four direct return services per day.
"The increase in capacity reflects the ever increasing
interest in the Southern Lakes region as a holiday destination,"
said General Manager Tasman Pacific Airline Glen Sowry. "It
is also proving very popular over summer, with the number of
flights from Auckland in January and February up 20% on last
The domestic and trans-Tasman capacity increases
across the upcoming airline Northern Summer schedule of April –
October amounts to an additional 36,500 available seats into and
Year on year growth has placed
Queenstown as arguably New Zealand's fastest-growing destination
for Australian visitors, as a result of continual increases in Air
New Zealand direct services across the Tasman, which were at four
per week just five years ago.
Air New Zealand's ability to
fly its domestic and international customers into and out of
Queenstown over the busy winter season has been further enhanced
with 18 Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 aircraft now fitted with
advanced navigation technology.
Performance (RNP) has proved to be a huge benefit to customers and
the airline with excellent reliability into Queenstown through
some very challenging weather conditions. Last ski season, not a
single one of Air New Zealand's 140 trans-Tasman flights was
diverted or cancelled due to poor weather conditions," Mr
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