Air New Zealand may consider expanding ''Night Rider'' to
Queenstown and Dunedin after the airline announced its
popular no-frills low-price service will cover Christchurch
Night Rider offers every seat on the last flight of the day
between Auckland and Wellington at a lower price.
From November 7, every seat on 9.30pm flights between
Auckland and Christchurch in both directions, Thursdays to
Mondays, will cost $39, or $49 for a ''seat + bag''.
Air NZ group general manager New Zealand and Pacific Islands
Cam Wallace said he hoped the service would stimulate travel
demand and tourism activity for both cities.
''Night Rider has proven extremely popular with customers
since it was introduced between Auckland and Wellington last
year and we expect seats will sell out just as fast on the
new Christchurch service,'' Mr Wallace said.
The Christchurch Night Rider will launch in time for the
summer holiday season and will allow Aucklanders and
Cantabrians to take advantage of cheap air fares to events
such as Canterbury Cup and Show Week and the Wellington
Phoenix A-League match in Christchurch and the Big Day Out in
Auckland, Mr Wallace said.
An Air NZ spokesman said the popularity of the Night Rider
service between Auckland and Wellington was a key driver of
the Christchurch-Auckland last flight of the day offer.
''Early indications are positive for this new service and we
wouldn't rule out potential future extensions,'' he said,
when asked if the service might be introduced to Queenstown
and Dunedin airports.