Air New Zealand celebrates move to larger aircraft at Kerikeri with $39 grabaseat fares

All Air New Zealand services between Kerikeri and Auckland have this month moved to larger 50 seat Bombardier aircraft and the airline is celebrating by putting 200 one-way grabaseat fares up for grabs for just $39 each.
19 February 2015

Air New Zealand has previously operated a mix of 19 seat and 50 seat aircraft between Auckland and Kerikeri.  From this month all services will move to the 50 seat Q300 boosting the total number of seats available on this route by a third.

The move is part of a $100 million regional fleet investment programme announced by the airline late last year which will see it purchase four new 68 seat ATR aircraft; move all regional flying to either Q300s or ATRs; and deliver a 15% reduction in average fare on routes, like Kerikeri, that are moving to more cost effective 50 seat aircraft.

Air New Zealand Group General Manager New Zealand and Pacific Islands Louise Struthers says the move is great news for Kerikeri which is the first of 12 New Zealand towns to enjoy the benefits of this investment programme.

“With a third more seats now available between Auckland and Kerikeri and great airfare deals on offer we look forward to bringing even more visitors to the area to experience the beautiful Bay of Islands.”

Far North Holdings Ltd Chief Executive Officer Andy Nock welcomes the additional capacity.

“Kerikeri is a hugely appealing destination for both domestic and international visitors and these additional seats are a welcome boost to tourism.”

The grabaseat $39 one-way fares between Kerikeri and Auckland are on sale now for travel during March.

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