Qantas has confirmed that it will launch seasonal flights
between Melbourne and Queenstown to meet the growing number of
Australians seeking winter holidays in New Zealand over the peak
Between 21 June and 27 August 2019, Qantas will
operate three services per week between Melbourne and Queenstown with a Boeing 737 aircraft, offering more than 10,000 seats on the
route over the winter peak.
The new flights are in addition
to the Qantas Group’s 33 existing Queenstown services available
each week throughout winter, with Qantas’ flights operating from
Sydney and Brisbane and Jetstar’s flights from Sydney, Melbourne
and Gold Coast.
Qantas International CEO, Alison Webster, said,
“Every year we see more and more Australians travelling across the
Tasman to experience a ski season in New Zealand. We
know there is already strong demand from Melburnians travelling to
Queenstown in winter and our existing flights from Sydney are very
popular. These new flights from Melbourne will allow
Victorians to fly direct, maximising the time they have on the
slopes and to explore everything else this beautiful destination
has to offer.”
The flights – which will operate on Tuesdays,
Fridays and Sundays – have been made possible by reducing Qantas’ Melbourne-Christchurch schedule to four services per week over the
winter when demand is lower.