More Air New Zealand jet services on Dunedin-Wellington route

Air New Zealand will add five additional return jet services a week between Dunedin and Wellington from October this year – with double daily services six days a week.
6 April 2016

The additional services, operated by the airline’s 171-seat Airbus A320 aircraft, represent an 11 percent increase in seats on the route and are complemented by the deployment of larger 68-seat ATR aircraft on all turboprop services between the two ports.

From 30 October 2016 A320 services will depart Wellington for Dunedin at 3:05pm and 7:40pm Monday through Friday and on Sunday. Jet services will operate to Dunedin at 9:10am on Saturdays.

Outbound services depart Dunedin at 6:25am and 4:55pm Monday to Friday, at 6:25am and 11am on Saturday and 4:55pm on Sunday afternoon.

Air New Zealand Chief Sales and Commercial Officer Cam Wallace says the additional jet services will further improve the customer experience for leisure and business customers alike.

“Our A320 jet aircraft are up to 30 minutes quicker on the route than our turboprop fleet, a time saving that will no doubt be welcomed by those who regularly travel on this route.”

Dunedin Airport Chief Executive Officer Richard Roberts says the additional jet services, which follow February’s announcement that Air New Zealand will operate extra direct A320 services between Dunedin and Auckland from July is great news for the city.

“The City has been working hard, in conjunction with Air New Zealand, to stimulate and further drive demand for services to and from Dunedin so it’s really satisfying to see yet more capacity added.”

Air New Zealand will also move to operate all 68-seat ATR aircraft between Dunedin and Christchurch from late October. Services on the route are currently operated by a mix of the smaller 50-seat Bombardier Q300 and ATR aircraft.

The airline’s new schedule for both Dunedin-Wellington and Dunedin-Christchurch services will be available to book next week.

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