Air New Zealand is boosting capacity on its
domestic operations, with more than 9,500 additional seats per
week available across its regional network and main jet routes.
Key regional capacity increases include:
Christchurch up 120%
•Invercargill - Wellington up 63%
Plymouth - Christchurch up 20%
•Palmerston North - Christchurch
•Palmerston North - Auckland up 1.7%
Auckland up 4.5%
"The additional capacity is being introduced
as we start to see signs of the anticipated recovery in demand for
domestic travel within New Zealand," said Bruce Parton, Group
General Manager Australasia.
Air New Zealand is more than
doubling the number of flights between Tauranga and Christchurch,
from five to eleven return services per week.
to customer feedback the additional flights at peak times
facilitate same-day travel for business travellers, enabling them
to maximise their time in Christchurch," Mr Parton said.
Direct flights between Invercargill and Wellington will increase
from once a day to double daily on weekdays.
increase between Invercargill and Wellington is a considerable
increase for the region and will benefit leisure and business
travellers alike. The additional services mean we are reducing
passengers’ journey time by at least 45 minutes each way, as they
will not need to transit in Christchurch," said Mr Parton.
The route between New Plymouth and Christchurch is also seeing a
considerable increase in capacity with the addition of a Sunday
service to the route, enabling greater connectivity for weekend
Capacity increases on services between Palmerston North and Auckland, Napier and Auckland, and Palmerston
North and Christchurch are a result of up-gauging the aircraft
used on these routes from 50-seat Bombardier Q300 aircraft to
68-seat ATR aircraft.
Changes are also being made to
services between Queenstown and Christchurch, with flight times
being adjusted to enable additional connections with trans-Tasman
services out of Christchurch. The new flight schedule will also
suit Queenstown business travellers, providing them with the
ability to spend a full day in Christchurch.
The new flight
schedules are effective from early
The increases come on top of announcements in the
past few weeks of an additional 8% capacity increase for
Palmerston North, 5% for New Plymouth and 40% increase in flights
Air New Zealand last week also announced at its
Annual Results it will be increasing domestic jet capacity by 8%
progressively from September, the equivalent of adding an
additional Boeing 737 aircraft. Among the increases
Auckland-Wellington capacity will go up by 9% and
Auckland-Christchurch by 10.4%.
Further capacity will also
be available with the arrival of the first new A320 aircraft from
February next year and will see direct Dunedin-Auckland services
increase by 46% from 13 to 19 per week, and Auckland-Queenstown
capacity rise by 13.6%.
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