The decision by Qantas to increase the number of flights
between Sydney and Queenstown and run a daily service during
the Easter school holidays and peak ski season makes the resort
an impulse family weekend getaway, Destination Queenstown says.
The Australian airline announced yesterday it will increase
its operation of three flights per week between Sydney and
Queenstown by adding two extra services per week over the
Easter school holidays and in support of the Queenstown ski
season, with daily flights from July 4 to the end of October.
Qantas international chief executive Simon Hickey said the
additional services would meet increased demand over
Queenstown's busiest periods.
''Qantas will add more than 650 seats on Boeing 737-800
aircraft each week and the additional services will mean
greater flexibility and a premium experience for our
customers travelling to Queenstown during the ski season,''
Mr Hickey said.
''Our seasonal services reflect the continued popularity of
the surrounding skifields and will represent a boost to the
New Zealand tourism industry, particularly as Emirates will
code-share on all the existing and additional services.''
Qantas also operates a weekly Brisbane-Queenstown service on
Saturdays during the peak ski season, from June 28 to
Destination Queenstown chief executive Graham Budd said
yesterday extra capacity meant more people, so operators
could expect to see more Australians in Queenstown.
''The more flights, the more capacity, the more regularity
there is, the easier the decision to travel becomes and what
it also does is reduces the thinking about Queenstown as a
one-off holiday destination,'' he said.
''Increasingly, we're seeing repeat visitors coming, not only
for a winter season, but across the seasons.''
Mr Budd said the boost was well timed for Destination
Queenstown's autumn travel campaign in Australia, which
starts soon, and for DQ and the wider tourism industry
promoting the ski season across the Tasman.
Queenstown Airport Corporation chief executive Scot Paterson
said the move was a ''very positive'' development for tourism
''Sydney is an important gateway for us for short-haul travel
and the new Qantas-Emirates alliance provides even greater
reach, making us easily accessible to the world,'' he said.
''We know that Queenstown is a very desirable destination for
Qantas weekly schedule
• April 7-May 2: five (Monday, Wednesday, Friday,
• May 3-June 4: three (Wednesday, Saturday,
• June 6-July 2: four (Wednesday, Friday,
• July 4-October 24: daily.