Jetstar's move to change the time of its Saturday
Auckland-Dunedin flights is a timely boost for leisure
The low-cost carrier has confirmed its Saturday service
between the two cities would change from the evening to the
morning from November 1.
The service would depart Auckland at 7.30am, arriving in
Dunedin at 9.20am, with the return service departing Dunedin
30 minutes later and arriving in Auckland at 11.35am.
The airline's New Zealand head, Grant Kerr, said the flight
offered an improved low-fare option for weekend travellers.
''Our re-timed Saturday Auckland-Dunedin service will offer
an enhanced weekend opportunity for Dunedin tourism, with
Aucklanders able to take advantage of our low fares for
either a one or two-night weekend stay in the southern
The new time of the domestic flight also meant travellers
departing Melbourne for Dunedin on Friday nights would have
shorter transit time in Auckland.
Dunedin International Airport chief executive John McCall
said the change was a positive move.
''The re-timing of this flight gives the leisure traveller
another option of flight travel, which is great for the
That sentiment was backed by Gil Abercrombie, of Enterprise
Dunedin, who added: ''We appreciate that Jetstar are
constantly looking at improvements to service timings and we
will do our best to ensure potential visitors are made aware
of this positive timing change when we are conducting our
• Began daily domestic services between Auckland and Dunedin
on July 14, 2011. Offers more than 130,000 domestic seats
• Daily flights depart Auckland at 2.10pm, arriving in
Dunedin at 4pm; return service departs Dunedin at 4.30pm,
arrives in Auckland at 6.15pm.
• From November 1, Saturday flights between Auckland-Dunedin
to depart at 7.30am, arriving in Dunedin at 9.20am; return
service to depart Dunedin at 9.50am, arriving in Auckland at