Air New Zealand resumes service to Sunshine Coast from Auckland
Air New Zealand has recommenced direct flights between Auckland and Sunshine Coast, with a welcome event including gifts and entertainment for arriving passengers. The route will be operated twice-weekly on Mondays and Saturdays until 15 October.
The arrival of this service provides more than 8,000 seats between the two destinations for the duration of the season and will operate on an A320 or A320neo aircraft.
“Today we say Kia Ora to our cousins from across the Tasman and welcome them with open arms to reconnect with family, colleagues or to enjoy a well-earned getaway,” said Andrew Brodie, CEO Sunshine Coast Airport. “We are confident with travel restrictions easing across the world, that our international passengers will see the Sunshine Coast as a desirable location to visit thanks to our pristine location, and array of natural assets. It also gives Sunshine Coast residents, including the many Kiwis that call the region home, the chance to fly out of their local airport to Auckland and connect with other trans-Tasman destinations such as Queenstown and Dunedin. We are seeing strong demand for the service both ways, evident today from the first inbound service being at capacity.”
The return of this service aligns with Air New Zealand’s direct flights between Auckland and New York, commencing from 17 September. “From The Big Pineapple to The Big Apple, locals will be able to travel from their home airport direct to The City that Never Sleeps through Auckland,” Brodie added.
Leanne Geraghty, Chief Customer and Sales Officer, Air New Zealand, commented: “It’s fantastic to be able to offer New Zealanders the opportunity to escape the cold and Queenslanders the opportunity to get to our slopes and soon connect onto our direct service to New York. We can’t wait to help Aussies get out to explore on our domestic and international network.”