Qantas will familiarise its pilots with Queenstown Airport
before its services increase for winter, but the training
flights will not mean more aircraft noise for Frankton
residents, the airline says.
The Australian carrier and new major sponsor of the
Queenstown Winter Festival will add more than 650 seats each
week on its Boeing 737-800 aircraft to the resort during the
2014 ski season.
''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
codeshare on all the existing and additional services,''
Qantas spokeswoman Courtney Treak said.
Jetconnect, the New Zealand-based subsidiary of Qantas, has
started an incremental increase to its flight training hours
in the Wakatipu to make sure operational requirements are
ready to cater for a larger number of inbound and outbound
The familiarisation flights are being conducted to reacquaint
pilots with Queenstown approach and departure procedures.
The Jetconnect pilots involved in familiarisation flights
have more than 20 years' experience each and will not be
''revving'' engines and disturbing neighbours of the airport,
the spokeswoman said.
''In an effort to accommodate the familiarisation flights and
reduce the impact of aircraft noise on its neighbours,
Queenstown Airport has co-ordinated the flights at a quieter
time of year when the airport is already on a reduced
schedule,'' Ms Treak said.
''Jetconnect, on behalf of Qantas, has completed over 4000
flights into and out of Queenstown when they flew services
to/from Queenstown as part of the Qantas domestic New Zealand
network until 2009.''