Extra flights for concert

Extra flights will operate to and from Dunedin for next month's Fleetwood Mac concert as the city pushes to help ensure the event is a sellout.

Additional tickets for the concert, at Forsyth Barr Stadium on November 18, were released three weeks ago, after the initial allocation was snapped up in less than two hours.

Since then, stadium manager DVML, Air New Zealand and Dunedin Airport have been working to ensure those ticket sales were not hampered by a lack of travel options.

''This really shows the city being able to work together with things like this,'' Air New Zealand marketing and communications manager Megan Crawford said.

Three extra flights to Dunedin had been scheduled for concert day, and two additional outbound flights the day after, Ms Crawford said.

The flights, each with 168 seats, will arrive from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, and depart to the latter two cities.

The flights would increase capacity by 6%, to 24,459 seats, for the week starting on November 16.

DVML marketing and communications manager Kim Barnes said the initiative reflected the growing partnership between key stakeholders in major events in Dunedin.

Only a small number of tickets were left for the concert, she said.

damian.george@odt.co.nz

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