Cairns Airport welcomes return of Air New Zealand services to Auckland

Cairns Airport for Air New Zealand launch to Auckland

Cairns Airport has welcomed the return of Air New Zealand services to Auckland. The airline will operate three weekly frequencies on the Auckland-Cairns route. Cairns Airport celebrated with a spectacular cake, winning anna.aero’s prestigious Cake of the Week prize.

Cairns Airport has welcomed the return of Air New Zealand services to Auckland. The airline will operate three weekly frequencies on the Auckland-Cairns route. Cairns Airport celebrated with a spectacular cake, winning anna.aero’s prestigious Cake of the Week prize.

It is the first time in a year that Air New Zealand will land in Cairns, following the brief Trans-Tasman Travel Bubble in 2021.

“Direct Air New Zealand flights between Auckland and Cairns show a clear vote of confidence in our region and mark a vital step in the recovery of the Far North’s economy during our COVID-19 recovery phase,” said Richard Barker, Chief Executive Officer, Cairns Airport. “These flights will undoubtedly be a welcome addition to travellers’ itineraries, both for those seeking a warmer, tropical holiday in the Far North and for local adrenaline seekers keen to hit the slopes in New Zealand. Importantly, this flight route also significantly enhances travel options to and from North America. One stop, seamless connectivity from Los Angeles or San Francisco via Auckland opens the pathway to see more visitors in the Far North from the USA. These flights will enable easier and more frequent travel for those who have been separated from relatives and loved ones during the peak of the pandemic. We expect these services to be highly popular, particularly as confidence around international travel continues to grow.”

Leanne Geraghty, Chief Customer and Sales Officer, Air New Zealand, commented: “We know that linking visitors directly to Auckland makes it easier for them to visit our wine regions such as Marlborough and Hawke’s Bay, and ski adventure destinations like Queenstown. Kiwis love to escape to Far North Queensland for a warm winter getaway so the restart of our Auckland to Cairns direct services will be welcome news. With flights running three times a week, we look forward to welcoming plenty of Kiwis and Aussies back on board to experience all our beautiful regions have to offer.”

More than 38,000 visitors from New Zealand travelled to the region in pre-pandemic 2019, staying for an average of 10.5 nights and injecting almost $67 million into the economy.


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