Air NZ ramps up Queenstown traffic


Queenstown can expect an influx of Trans-Tasman and domestic visitors thanks to Air New Zealand ramping up flights to the resort.

Air NZ deputy chief Norm Thompson told media at TRENZ today (Wednesday) that the national carrier is committed to bringing more visitors to NZ and Queenstown by introducing several key-market flights.

With its alliance partner Virgin Australia, direct flights between the countries will be boosted by eight per cent over the winter period to meet “expected high demand”, Thompson says.

“Queenstown will benefit from 13 per cent more seats on Melbourne-Queenstown services, 10 per cent more seats on Sydney-Queenstown services and three per cent more seats on Brisbane-Queenstown services.

“The additional 6314 seats will take the total number of direct flights into and out of Queenstown to 18 return trips per week, or 243 over the season.”

The extra capacity builds on more than 10 years of year-on-year growth, Thompson adds.

“As a result of this growth we are working closely with Queenstown Airport to improve airport facilities.”

Domestic capacity is also increasing during July to September with a 68 per cent boost on Wellington-Queenstown – an extra 300 seats per week – and an 18 per cent increase on Auckland-Queenstown (an extra 650 seats per week each way).

The Rotorua-Queenstown service will climb, with six services via a Boeing 737 each week from November to March.

“The addition of jet services between Rotorua and Queenstown was in response to discussions with NZ tour operators who were really keen to see larger aircraft that will enable them to fly groups out of Rotorua, south to Christchurch and Queenstown, without having to backtrack to Auckland to travel south,” Thompson says.