Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Queenstown gets a direct seasonal link from Melbourne - Qantas to start new route in June

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The Australian airline Qantas has confirmed that it will introduce new seasonal flights between Melbourne and Queenstown.

The new service is scheduled to operate between 21 June and 27 August 2019 and will fly three times a week using a Boeing 737 aircraft. These new flights are in addition to the Qantas Group’s 33 existing Queenstown services available each week throughout winter, with Qantas’ flights operating from Sydney and Brisbane and Jetstar’s flights from Sydney, Melbourne and Gold Coast. The route is designed to appeal to the growing number of Australians seeking winter holidays in New Zealand over the peak ski season.

Qantas International CEO Alison Webster said the new seasonal Queenstown flights would allow more holidaymakers to get to the ski fields on the South Island and meet increased demand over Queenstown’s busiest period.  “Every year we see more and more Australians travelling across the Tasman to experience a ski season in New Zealand.  We know there is already strong demand from Melburnians travelling to Queenstown in winter and our existing flights from Sydney are very popular. These new flights from Melbourne will allow Victorians to fly direct, maximising the time they have on the slopes and to explore everything else this beautiful destination has to offer.”

The flights – which will operate on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays – have been made possible by reducing Qantas’ Melbourne-Christchurch schedule to four services per week over the winter when demand is lower.

The route is subject to government and regulatory approval.