More Rotorua – Queenstown seats
Air New Zealand has announced capacity increases between Rotorua and Queenstown via Christchurch with the up-gauging of six services a week to a Boeing 737. The airline currently operates three jet-prop ATR services a day via Christchurch. The planned up-gauge to a 737 on one of the services provides a 27% increase in capacity between ROT and CHC, and a 14% increase between CHC and ZQN.
The number of seats available each way between ROT and ZQN each week during this period will increase from approximately 1428 to 1818. Air New Zealand Group GM Australasia Bruce Parton said the 737 service would operate every day except Friday over the high season, which runs from NOV12 through until MAR13.
Mr Parton said the airline was responding to feedback from inbound tour operators that there was a demand for groups to fly to Queenstown directly from Rotorua, and vice versa, rather than travelling by road via Auckland. “Whilst it’s some months away, we wanted to announce this initiative now to inform the industry and allow inbound tour operators to
build the new service into their itineraries, which often have long lead-times,” he said. Meanwhile, rival Jetstar Group CEO Bruce Buchanan is calling a joint press conference this morning with Tourism New Zealand to make a “significant announcement heralding growth opportunities for New Zealand’s inbound tourism market.”