Jetstar celebrates increased demand in New Zealand with cheap airfares

The airline is almost back to flying with pre-COVID passenger numbers
The airline is almost back to flying with pre-COVID passenger numbers Photo credit: Jetstar

Jetstar has announced it will be increasing the frequency of domestic flights within New Zealand from August, taking the airline's schedule to 90 percent of where it was before the COVID-19 crisis.

To celebrate the encouraging news, Jetstar has released a series of special airfares which will go on sale at midday today.

More than 6000 seats will be on sale to destinations across Jetstar's domestic network.

What's on offer:

  • Auckland to Wellington from $36 one way
  • Auckland to Christchurch from $39 one way
  • Christchurch to Wellington from $34 one way
  • Auckland to Dunedin from $55 one way 

The increase in capacity from August will bring the number of return weekly flights across its New Zealand network to more than 100. It will also resume its Wellington - Queenstown service.

The increase in capacity comes after demand far exceeded what the airline had forecast since it returned to our skies in June.

Jetstar Group CEO Gareth Evans said the level of demand was a welcome surprise for the company, and passenger loads to places such as Dunedin and Queenstown were particularly high.

"While many other countries are operating a limited domestic network due to COVID-related restrictions, it's exciting to see the local tourism market in New Zealand going from strength to strength," Evans said in a statement.

Jetstar's New Zealand domestic schedule from August includes: 

  • Auckland –  Christchurch (30 weekly return flights, up from 24 in July) 
  • Auckland – Dunedin (seven return weekly flights, up from three in July) 
  • Auckland – Wellington (27 return weekly flights) 
  • Auckland –  Queenstown (19 return weekly flights, up from 14 in July) 
  • Christchurch –  Wellington (14 return weekly flights, up from seven in July) 
  • Wellington – Queenstown (seven return weekly flights, these weren't operating at all in July) 

The airline says it will continue to monitor demand across its network and add more flights in the coming months where there is demand.