Jetstar has today announced plans to start flying to regional destinations in New Zealand from later this year*, bringing much-needed competition and more affordable fares to travellers outside the country’s main centres.
The new services will be operated by a fleet of five 50-seat Bombardier Q300 turbo-prop aircraft and are expected to create at least 100 new jobs for pilots, cabin crew, and ground crew.
The services are expected to operate to at least four regional destinations initially, with some of those under consideration being Hamilton, Rotorua, New Plymouth, Napier and Palmerston North in the North Island and Nelson and Invercargill in the South Island. These will connect with one or more of Jetstar’s current domestic destinations.
Regional fares will go on sale in September with first flights taking off in early December, in time for the busy summer and holiday season. Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce, who joined New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key to make the announcement in Auckland, said the time was right to bring Jetstar’s low fares to the regions.