Daily return services will link Auckland with three Australian state capitals starting in mid-April.
Now that New Zealand has confirmed a date for the restoration of two-way quarantine-free travel across the Tasman Sea, Australia’s flag carrier and its low-cost subsidiary are dramatically increasing their flight frequencies next month. From 13 April, Qantas and Jetstar will operate up to 30 return flights per week across the Tasman on five routes, up from the current count of two return flights a week.
Qantas will fly daily from Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney to Auckland and Sydney to Christchurch with a mix of Boeing 737s and wide-body Airbus A330 aircraft. Meanwhile, Jetstar will operate three weekly flights from the Gold Coast to Auckland using Airbus A320s. Both carriers are planning a further increase of flights during May and June, plus the resumption of services from Australia to Queenstown and Wellington.
In a statement, Qantas Domestic and International CEO Andrew David said, “New Zealand was Australia’s second biggest source of international visitors before the pandemic, and Australians were the biggest source of visitors to New Zealand, so this is an important milestone as part of the recovery for both countries. With restriction-free travel possible from next month for Australians, we look forward to rebuilding our trans-Tasman flights.”
In addition, the Qantas Group is rewarding frequent flyers for their ongoing loyalty throughout the pandemic with a special promotion on trans-Tasman services. Throughout May, every Qantas and Jetstar flight will be a Points Plane, allowing travelers to use Qantas Points to snap up any seat as a Classic Reward Seat. For the rest of the year, Qantas has already increased the availability of seats that can be booked with points on trans-Tasman routes by up to 50 percent. These Classic Flight Reward seats start from 18,000 points with Qantas and 14,400 with Jetstar plus taxes and fees.
Qantas continues to offer a Fly Flexible booking policy with unlimited flight date changes available on trans-Tasman flights booked before June 30 for travel until December 31, 2022, though fare differences may apply.
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