Jetstar Airways gets second tranche of NZ domestic routes going

Jetstar Airways New Plymouth to Auckland

Performing the cake cutting duties in New Plymouth to herald the start of the second tranche of Jetstar Airways’ New Zealand domestic operations were: Grant Kerr, Head of New Zealand, Jetstar Airways; New Plymouth Mayor Andrew Judd; and David Hall, CEO Australia and New Zealand, Jetstar Airways.

  • Jetstar Airways added three more domestic routes in New Zealand on 1 February with services from New Plymouth (NPL) and Palmerston North (PMR) to Auckland (AKL), as well as Nelson (NSN) to Wellington (WLG). While the two Auckland services will be flown 27 times weekly, the Wellington operation will be thrice-daily. All services are operated by the airline’s Q300s and all will face competition, primarily from incumbent Air New Zealand. The Star Alliance carrier flies from Auckland to New Plymouth 39 times weekly and to Palmerston North 37 times weekly, while it operates the 132-kilometre sector between Nelson and Wellington 61 times weekly. In addition, Sounds Air flies on this latter route 24 times weekly. David Hall, Jetstar Airways CEO Australia and New Zealand, said passenger loads on the new regional services were above 90% in December and January. “This year we’ll have over 600,000 seats on sale across our New Zealand regional network providing more opportunities for more Kiwis to fly more often for less,” Hall said. “Travellers are already enjoying the benefits of Jetstar’s entry into the regional network. The increased competition and capacity has provided more options and competitive fares since the announcement in October,” said Matt Clarke, Wellington Airport CCO. Palmerston North Airport CEO, David Lanham, added: “Today’s celebrations are all about welcoming Jetstar to the Fly Palmy family. The new capacity and Jetstar’s pricing model will stimulate more travel making Palmerston North and our regional catchment area more accessible for business and leisure, domestic and international travellers alike.” See how Auckland, Palmerston North and Wellington airports FTWAs compare to others from around the world.

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