23 December 2011

Jetstar-ring to Queenstown

Qantas offshoot Jetstar has begun flying into Queenstown from Wellington and Sydney, with packed flights of Christmas holidaymakers. The airline reported that today's inaugural flights from the capital and Sydney are almost sold out. Jetstar Australia and New Zealand chief executive David Hall, who was in Queenstown to welcome the flights, said it was part of an increased commitment to the region since starting services there two years ago. Queenstown has been one of Jetstar's growth destinations, with the airline carrying more than half a million domestic and international passengers there in its last financial year. The airline operates 30 weekly return services to Queenstown, and with passenger numbers up 25 per cent last year, it has also recently added a weekly service from Melbourne and two extra weekly flights to Auckland. ''In total, these services have the potential to bring an additional 180,000 additional travellers into the region each year,'' Mr Hall said. The Wellington-Queenstown service will be daily and the Sydney link will run on weekdays, the airline said.


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