The Flying Kangaroo will operate an additional 95 flights from Brisbane to Wellington and Christchurch between December
and February to meet school holiday demand.
Qantas has also announced a fifth weekly flight between Sydney and Jakarta and daily services between Perth and Singapore in the holiday period, to give customers “more choice”.
“A key part of our strategy is listening to and responding to our customers’ needs and developing an agile and flexible network which offers more options during peak periods,” said Qantas Executive Manager of International Sales, Stephen Thompson.
“We are really pleased to be able to meet demand for travel between Brisbane and both Wellington and Christchurch with the return of direct services during December and January.”
The announcement follows on from Virgin Australia’s decision to add seasonal flights from out of Brisbane to Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin and Wellington.
Virgin Australia CEO John Borghetti said the extra services were purely in response to demand.
Air traffic between Australia and New Zealand continues to grow with a record 1.3 million Kiwi travellers crossing the ditch in the year to June.
Heading in the other direction, 1.2 million Australians visited New Zealand in the same period, including 160,700 in the month of December alone.
One of the greatest attractions is the strength of the Australian dollar across the Tasman, after improving four per cent on the same time last year.
Although accommodation prices in New Zealand have climbed nine per cent to an average $180 a night, research undertaken by Expedia found the average Airfare had fallen five per cent to $463.
Managing director of Expedia Australia and New Zealand Georg Ruebensal, said he believed Aussies were “smart travellers who chased value for money”.
“While the dollar may not be as strong as it has been in the past, Aussies are still in an excellent position to get out there and tick off destinations on their bucket list,” Mr Ruebensal said.
“We are seeing notable increases in demand for Iinternational Destinations like New Zealand as Aussies seek to make the most of their hard-earned dollars.”
Eesha Rohida [ MBA Mktg ]
Aviation News Editor