Air NZ boosts Queenstown’s capital connection

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Air New Zealand has given Queenstown’s ski season a further boost by increasing capacity between the resort and Wellington.

The national carrier has today announced a 44 per cent lift in available seats to and from Wellington between July and mid-October.

Much of the extra capacity will come from the airline putting on larger Boeing 737 jets in place of the existing ATR turboprops.

The larger jets can carry 133 passengers compared with the smaller craft’s 68.

In a dig at its main domestic rival, Air NZ’s New Zealand and Pacific boss Cam Wallace says: “This up-gauge will replace some of the capacity that competitor Jetstar has recently withdrawn from the route.”

The Wellington boost follows an April announcement that Air NZ and codeshare partner Virgin Australia will put on an additional 30,000 seats between Queenstown and Australia from July to September.