Qantas adds Cairns and Gold Coast to Auckland direct flights

Qantas and Jetstar will soon resume flights to all pre-pandemic New Zealand destinations, with two new routes from Auckland to Cairns and the Gold Coast when a two-way Transtusman bubble opens later this month. Start with.

State airlines have said this will give travelers more options for vacations in Queensland and New Zealand.

It will also increase the number of Transtusman flights that sank to less than 3 percent capacity during the pandemic heyday.

A two-way travel bubble allows airlines to resume operations with 83% capacity.

This announcement will be made after Australia and New Zealand have announced that a two-way secure travel zone or travel bubble will begin on April 19th.

Andrew David, CEO of Qantas Domestic and International, said resuming flights will help reconnect family and friends and rebuild the international network of airline groups.

“Hopefully, the story of missing a wedding or birthday on both sides of the ditch will be a thing of the past,” said David.

“We know that Australians want to go abroad again, so strong demand for flights to New Zealand is expected and many can’t wait for a winter escape to Australia’s warm climate. There is a kiwi. “

Qantas and Jetstar operate 15 round-trip flights across the Tasman Sea, with up to 122 round-trip flights per week, providing more than 52,000 seats per week.

Travelers who book flights before July 31st are allowed unlimited flight date changes before February 28th, 2022.

Frequent flyer services allow you to redeem points for all seats on all Qantas and Jetstar flights as a “Classic Flight Redemption” for the first three days of sale.

Prior to the Pandemic, Qantas typically operated direct flights to Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown in New Zealand, and ski season flights operated direct flights from Brisbane and Melbourne to Queenstown. ..

The new daily service from Gold Coast to Auckland will be Qantas’ first international flight from Gold Coast Airport.

The new Cairns-Auckland route will start in early June and will operate three days a week. According to the airline, the flights will initially operate for eight weeks until late July, and Qantas plans to add more flights beyond this period if in demand.

Jetstar, a Qantas low-cost carrier, initially operates flights from Melbourne, the Gold Coast and Sydney to Auckland. All pre-pandemic routes will resume in the middle of the year.