Air New Zealand ramps up regional services

Air New Zealand is adding additional capacity to some of its regional routes in December following Jetstar’s withdrawal of its regional services.

The airline will operate an additional 253 one-way flights in December on services it operates between Auckland and Napier, New Plymouth, Nelson and Palmerston North, as well as between Nelson and Wellington.

The number of additional flights and seats on each route for December 2019 are as follows:

Route Seats Number of extra flights
Auckland – Napier 3,120 48
Auckland – New Plymouth2,40438
Auckland – Nelson3,94059
Auckland – Palmerston North3,12048
Wellington – Nelson3,07260

Auckland – Napier

Seats : 3,120

Number of extra flights : 48


Auckland – New Plymouth

Seats : 2,404

Number of extra flights : 38


Auckland – Nelson

Seats : 3,940

Number of extra flights : 59


Auckland – Palmerston North

Seats : 3,120

Number of extra flights : 48


Wellington – Nelson

Seats : 3,072

Number of extra flights : 60



Seats : 15,656

Number of extra flights : 253

Air New Zealand Chief Revenue Officer Cam Wallace says the airline has been looking at ways to help support the routes affected by Jetstar’s withdrawal.

“Air services are extremely important for regional New Zealand, particularly over the busy holiday period, so we’re pleased to be able to step in and add capacity to the routes impacted.

“These additional services during the month of December reflect an increase of more than 15,500 extra seats to and from regional New Zealand. We are also continuing to look at additional capacity on our regional services post December.”

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