|Jetstar's first Bombardier Q300 VH-TQM at Wellington|
31 August 2015
And the lucky four are...
Nelson, Napier, Palmerston North and New Plymouth are Jetstar's four new regional routes, the airline said on Monday morning. The low-cost airline chose the destinations from a longlist of Hamilton, Rotorua, Tauranga, New Plymouth, Napier, Palmerston North, Nelson and Invercargill. All routes will fly between the regions and Auckland, with the Nelson flights also going to Wellington. All rates were now on sale. Fares would start between $45 and $49. A four-hour special was being run on Monday, with fares beginning at $9. Nelson MP Nick Smith said it was "fantastic news" for Nelson, an isolated region that depended on the strengths of its links with other parts of New Zealand. "Studies show that on average air fares are 30 per cent less where there is effective competition and that amounts to millions of dollars of savings and thousands more visitors to Nelson." Smith said the Jetstar's link was important to the visitor industry but the biggest gain for Nelson was making nationwide businesses viable in Nelson and for people to be able to easily connect across the country through more competitive air services. "With house prices going through the roof in Auckland there is an opportunity for us to attract businesses to our region." He was "pretty loyal" to Air New Zealand, a good company that deserved credit for its substantial investment in maintenance services in Nelson. "But I still believe the region's overall benefit is in having a choice of services," Smith said. Palmerston North mayor Grant Smith said the announcement was welcome for the city and for the broader region. "It's only good news," he said. "The region will get lower fares and it will also help people who otherwise couldn't travel. "There is choice there for them," he said. Smith expected the move to give tourism in the region a boost and help retailers and agribusiness as well. "It will bring more travellers to the region," he said. "Attractions like the [Manawatu] Gorge and the Tui brewery will become more accessible." The first of Jetstar's fleet of five regional 50-seat Bombardier Q300 aircraft to service the routes arrived in Wellington over the weekend.
Source : http://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/news/71582558/jetstar-to-fly-nelson-napier-new-plymouth-and-palmerston-north
On the four routes out of Auckland Jetstar's competition is going to be Air New Zealand... Four airlines will operate on the Wellington-Nelson sector... it will be interesting to see how that plays out
Posted by Steve L at 9:38 AM