Qantas is giving Kiwi Taylor Swift fans more of a chance to get to her Eras World Tour in February next year, announcing 16 additional services from Aotearoa to Melbourne and Sydney at the time of the concerts.
The Australian airline said it is adding a total of 11,000 more seats across 60 additional flights on both sides of the Tasman to cope with the demand for concerts, which have already caused a strain on ticketing services due to extremely high demand.
The announcement from Qantas follows Air New Zealand last week saying it added over 2000 extra trans-Tasman seats in February to cope with what it called the "Swift surge".
As well as putting on more flights, Qantas is also addressing the increased demand by using bigger planes, with the larger A330s being brought in ahead of the 737 jets.
The additional flights are scheduled between February 15 and 27, 2024 and are on sale now.
Qantas said there was a 1500 percent increase in domestic bookings last week when Swift's tickets went on sale.
"Adding 60 new flights interstate and trans-Tasman will make it easier for ticketholders to travel to Sydney and Melbourne and make their wildest dreams come true," a Qantas spokesperson said.
Qantas 'Swift surge' extra flight details:
- 8 flights between Christchurch and Sydney/Melbourne
- 8 flights between Wellington and Sydney/Melbourne
- 24 flights between Sydney and Melbourne
- 20 flights between Sydney/Melbourne and Adelaide
- 6 flights between Sydney and Perth.