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||Seats||Number of extra flights|
|Auckland – Napier||9,172||145|
|Auckland – New Plymouth||4,300||68|
|Auckland – Nelson||7,512||119|
|Auckland – Palmerston North||7,132||148|
|Wellington – Nelson||5,344||106|
Number of extra flights: 145
Number of extra flights: 68
Number of extra flights: 119
Number of extra flights: 148
Number of extra flights: 106
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.”