Qantas and Jetstar are launching 122 flights a week on 15 routes between Australia and New Zealand from April 19.
Qantas Domestic and International chief executive Andrew David said that “restarting flights to New Zealand is about more than starting to rebuild our international network, it’s about reconnecting families and friends and getting more of our people back flying again.”
As part of the existing one-way bubble, the Qantas Group has been operating less than three per cent of its pre-COVID capacity on the Trans-Tasman.
Camera IconJetstar will initially operate to Auckland from Melbourne, Gold Coast and Sydney using its Airbus A320 aircraft. Credit: JAMES GOURLEY/AAPIMAGE
But the flights announced today will see this increase to 83 per cent – reflecting a high level of expected demand for what will be Australia’s only international destination for at least the next six months.
Qantas’ schedule includes year-round direct flights to Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown including direct flights from Brisbane and Melbourne to Queenstown, routes which Qantas traditionally only operated seasonally for the ski season peak…