Budget Australian airline Jetstar this morning announced new twice-weekly services between Queenstown and both the Gold Coast and Melbourne.
Jetstar – which has operated Auckland and Christchurch services to Queenstown since June last year – will run these trans-Tasman services from mid-December.
Airline boss Bruce Buchanan, who’s holidaying in Queenstown this week, also announced Jetstar will add four more weekly Auckland flights from December, up from seven at present.
The extra flights will give the airline an extra 72,000 seats into Queenstown – a lift of more than 40 per cent.
One-way fares on the Melbourne and Gold Coast routes will be priced from $199 – “up to 30 per cent lower than current competitors’ fares operating on same or similar routes,” an airline statement says.
As an opening offer, it’s selling $99 one-way fares from Queenstown to either destination for travel early next year – that’s with carry-on luggage only. It’s a further $20 to take an extra bag.
Jetstar’s Gold Coast service means for the first time there’ll be flights between Australia’s most popular holiday location and Queenstown.
Buchanan believes it will attract more Japanese to Queenstown as Jetsar flies directly from Osaka and Tokyo to the Gold Coast with about 600 passengers a day.
“It’s a very exciting day for us,” he told a Queenstown Chamber of Commerce-organised breakfast this morning.