Additional Dunedin-Auckland jet service
Operated by the airline's 171-seat Airbus A320 aircraft, the flight will boost the total number of seats on the route by five percent, with triple daily jet services between the cities now offered on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.
From Sunday 9 July 2017, the new A320 service will depart Auckland for Dunedin at 9:15am and will return at 11:40am.
Air New Zealand Chief Revenue Officer Cam Wallace says the airline has added 25 percent more seats between Auckland and Dunedin in the past six months and this latest announcement will increase options for weekend travellers.
"It's fantastic to see demand for services to and from Dunedin continue to grow and we're confident we can sustain an enhanced schedule that benefits visitors and locals alike.
"Our increased jet operations have also created two new roles in our Dunedin engineering team, raising support for our ground crew and further strengthening the reliability of our schedule."
Dunedin Airport Chief Executive Richard Roberts says the extra jet flight, which follows the airline's move to triple daily A320 services between Dunedin and Wellington last October, is excellent news for the region.
"The City has worked alongside Air New Zealand to stimulate and drive demand for services to and from Dunedin so it's really satisfying to see yet more capacity added.'
Air New Zealand has also rescheduled its Thursday and Friday evening flights between Christchurch and Dunedin to give more choice to customers travelling at peak periods, and has added an extra 68-seat ATR service on Sunday evenings, departing Christchurch at 5:05pm and returning at 6:35pm.
Issued by Air New Zealand Public Affairs ph +64 21 747 320
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