Transtasman capacity to Queenstown will be boosted by almost
50% next summer by alliance partners Air New Zealand and
The airlines will operate an additional 36,000 seats between
Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Queenstown by adding up to
seven additional transtasman services a week between November
Capacity to and from Christchurch will also be bolstered with
an additional 43,000 seats - a 13% increase, by up to seven
additional weekly services.
Air New Zealand chief sales and commercial officer Cam
Wallace said it was good to see demand growing for South
Island international airports.
''We believe this additional capacity to two of our key South
Island ports will appeal to both leisure and business
travellers with convenient onward connections to our domestic
Virgin Australia chief commercial officer Judith Crompton
said this week's announcement demonstrated the alliance's
commitment to enhancing the offering for customers, providing
more choice and a better response to seasonal demand from
All services would be operated by a combination of Airbus
A320 and Boeing 737 aircraft, as well as a Boeing 767 on the
All aircraft operating transtasman services into Queenstown
were equipped with Required Navigation Performance (RNP)
technology, allowing them to take off and land in
low-visibility, Such conditions had often caused schedule
disruptions in the region.
Wednesday's announcement followed news Queenstown Airport had
been rated one of the world's top 10 scenic airport
approaches for 2014, by private jet booking company
It was the only airport in the southern hemisphere to make
the international top 10.
A judging panel short-listed airports that offered passengers
a ''truly inspirational'' view on approach, before asking
readers to cast their votes.
Nice, Cote d'Azur was voted the most scenic, followed by St
Maarten (Caribbean), Barra (Scotland), Los Angeles, Aruba
(Caribbean), Rio de Janeiro, Gibraltar, Squamish (British
Columbia, Canada), London City and Queenstown.
Earlier this month, the airport announced Australia and New
Zealand's Civil Aviation Authorities had approved the
foundation case for after-dark flights into Queenstown.