Air New Zealand adding hundreds of regional flights for July school holidays

Air New Zealand says it's adding hundreds of regional flights to cope with extra demand during the July 2020 school holidays.
An Air NZ Bombardier Q300, used on regional flights. Photo credit: Peter Clark

Air New Zealand says it is adding 268 one-way services to its regional routes during the upcoming July school holidays.

Flights added during the period July 6 - 19 include Blenheim, Dunedin, Gisborne, Hamilton, Invercargill, Kerikeri, Napier, New Plymouth, Nelson, Palmerston North, Rotorua, Timaru, Tauranga and Whangarei.

"It's clear lots of people are looking to have a winter escape in the coming weeks so our team has been working to add extra capacity where we can on our regional routes," said Air NZ's general manager of networks Scott Carr.

"The extra flights include 14 return services on our Wellington-Nelson route, 13 returns on both our Christchurch-Invercargill and Christchurch-Palmerston North routes, as well as 10 additional return services between Christchurch and Nelson and Christchurch and Tauranga."

Air NZ's competitor Jetstar recently announced its return to the domestic market of Aotearoa with flights starting from July 1, some from as cheap as $21 each way.

Last week, Air NZ said it would be using its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on the domestic network to increase capacity over the school holidays.