Jetstar To Launch Wellington-Melbourne Service

17th Dec 2014

The budget affiliate of the flag carrier is bullish on the prospect of its New Zealand operations as it plans to launch another route to the capital, Wellington, from mainland Australia.

Wellington was the first international destination Jetstar opened when it launched its direct flights to the capital from Gold Coast. It marked its anniversary celebration on the route last week with a special and commemorative flight on Friday afternoon.

Starting March 30 next year, Jetstar will launch another trans-Tasmanian service to Wellington, this time from Melbourne, the capital of Victoria. By then, it would have doubled its service to the New Zealand capital from Australia mainland.

It currently operates a thrice-weekly service between Gold Coast and Wellington, every Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday. However, Gold Coast travelers can fly to the New Zealand capital on other days of the week with a stop-over at Auckland.

The planned Melbourne-Wellington direct service, meanwhile, will get a four-times weekly frequency, every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.

The recent announcement by the airline is definitely a welcome news to both sides of the Tasman Sea, as it is expected to spur tourism in Wellington. The capital is the gateway to the country's many natural wonders, offering exciting opportunities to Melburnian tourists.

Similarly, Wellingtonians will now be able to experience the hustle and bustle of a true global city that is Melbourne, which is often ranked as one of the world's most livable cities. The Victoria state capital offers a wide range of activities for visiting tourists for its world-class shows, galleries, dining, and great shopping locations.

Jetstar has always been bullish on its Tasman operations offering flights from Australia mainland to all major cities in New Zealand namely, Wellington, Christchurch, Auckland, and Queenstown. It increased its capacity since last yea,r adding in excess of 20,000 seats to all its Tasman destinations.

Grant Kerr, head of Jetstar New Zealand, said that the strong Kiwi dollar against Aussie dollar would enable Kiwi tourists to take advantage and travel more to the mainland in 2015.