Air New Zealand adds further capacity to regional routes

Air New Zealand is adding hundreds more regional flights to its schedule at the start of 2020 following the withdrawal of Jetstar's regional services.
12 November 2019

The airline will operate an additional 586 one-way flights from January to March on services it operates between Auckland and Napier, New Plymouth, Nelson and Palmerston North, as well as between Nelson and Wellington. 

The airline also announced late last month it will be adding an extra 253 one-way services on the same routes in December, reflecting an increase of more than 15,500 extra seats in that month alone.

Details of the additional services for January-March are as follows:

Route 

Auckland - Napier 

Seats

9,172 

Number of extra flights

145 


Route 

Auckland - New Plymouth 

Seats

4,300 

Number of extra flights

68 


Route 

Auckland - Nelson

Seats

7,512

Number of extra flights

119


Route 

Auckland - Palmerston North

Seats

7,132

Number of extra flights

148


Route 

Wellington - Nelson

Seats

5,344

Number of extra flights

106


Route 

Total

Seats

33,460

Number of extra flights

586


Air New Zealand Acting Chief Executive Officer Jeff McDowall says the airline has been working hard to look at how best to utilise its turboprop aircraft and crew to support routes impacted by Jetstar's withdrawal.

"We're pleased to be able to get behind regional New Zealand by adding these extra services, particularly during the summer months.  These additional services reflect an increase of nearly 50,000 extra seats to and from regional New Zealand from December through to the end of March."

Air New Zealand is also assisting affected Jetstar customers with a special fare. Eligible customers can email jqsupport@airnz.co.nz with proof of their affected Jetstar ticket.

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Issued by Air New Zealand Communications.

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