Air New Zealand announces new domestic air fares

Air New Zealand has confirmed cheaper base fares for its entire domestic and regional network.

Christopher Luxon, the airline's CEO, says the move to reduce fares is the biggest overhaul of the company's domestic pricing structure in more than a decade.

"We are making travel more affordable than ever for Kiwis so that they can explore more of their own backyard, connect with family and friends and attend the amazing events we have around the nation," Mr Luxon says.

Newshub understands the move is a result of the airline working on a strategy to stimulate activity on its domestic market.

Although Air NZ competes with Jetstar and other airlines to and from the major centres of Aotearoa, it's also reducing its base fares to airports where it's the only airline operating.

Air NZ's longest domestic flight - the two hour flight between Auckland and Invercargill, which launches in August - will have airfares beginning at $79.

The annoucement doesn't mean that all fares will be sold at this low price.

A 'base fare' is where a ticket price starts from, and there are usually only a handful of seats on an airplane that can be sold at the price.

As more people book seats on the flight and availablility drops, prices increase.

The new base airfares are as follows:

To and from Auckland:

  • Kerikeri: $39
  • Whangarei: $39 
  • Tauranga: $39
  • Rotorua: $39
  • Taupo: $39
  • New Plymouth: $39
  • Napier: $39
  • Gisborne: $39
  • Palmerston North: $49
  • Blenheim: $49
  • Nelson: $49
  • Queenstown: $79
  • Dunedin: $79 
  • Invercargill: $79

To and from Wellington:

  • Blenheim: $39
  • Nelson: $39
  • Palmerston North: $39
  • New Plymouth: $39
  • Napier: $39
  • Gisborne: $49
  • Hamilton: $49
  • Tauranga: $49
  • Timaru: $49
  • Queenstown: $49
  • Dunedin: $49
  • Invercargill: $59

To and from Christchurch:

  • Queenstown: $39
  • Dunedin: $39
  • Hokitkia: $39
  • Nelson: $39
  • Invercargill: $49
  • New Plymouth: $49
  • Napier : $49
  • Palmerston North: $49
  • Hamilton: $59
  • Rotorua: $59
  • Tauranga: $59

Air NZ operates a mix of A320 and A321 jets as well as ATR 72 and Bombardier Q300 turbo-prop aircraft across its New Zealand network.

The airline is currently undertaking a company review which includes its destinations and fleet.

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