Qantas To Increase Trans-Tasman Frequency

17th Aug 2014

The flag carrier will be mounting additional flights to Auckland in North Island and Christchurch in South Island to meet strong demand during the holiday season.

From December 17 to 27, Qantas will be adding five more flights between the two most populous urban centers, Sydney and Auckland, on both sides of the Tasman Sea. Additionally, the airline will also augment its flight frequency by three between Sydney and Christchurch, the largest city in New Zealand's South Island.

The carrier will also upgrade its plane serving the Sydney-Auckland route with a bigger A330 from the current B737-800, between December 20 and 26. The rest of the flights on this route will remain serviced by the narrow-body single-aisle B737-800 which can seat up to 163 passengers in a two-class configuration.

The frequency upgrade comes following the airline's decision to downgrade its trans-Tasman service by up to 15 flights from October between Auckland and Australia's three largest cities Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney. All's not lost, however, as half of those flights will be taken over by its low-cost subsidiary, Jetstar.

Qantas will also deploy its wide-body A300 aircraft between Perth and Auckland during the peak season from December 5, 2014 to April 26, 2015.