Air New Zealand adds more flights to deal with 'Swift surge' for Taylor's Eras concert

Air New Zealand has added over 2000 seats to cope with what they are calling the "Swift surge" as Kiwis head to Australia to see singer Taylor Swift live in concert.

Since there are no shows in New Zealand, Swifties are heading across the ditch to catch her record-breaking Eras Tour in February.

The pre-sale tickets for shows in both Melbourne and Sydney sold out within hours, with many disappointed fans unable to secure tickets.

It was reported four million people had tried to get into the ticket lobby to secure tickets to the shows, with 800,000 people waiting in the lobby before the sales began.

Following the unprecedented demand, two additional shows in Melbourne and Sydney were announced on Thursday, ahead of the next sale of tickets on Friday. 

To make sure Kiwis get to the concert in style, Air New Zealand is adding over 2000 seats around the concert dates to deal with the "Swift surge".

This will include new return flights from Wellington, Christchurch, and Auckland to Sydney and Melbourne, along with additional seats on existing flights.

The airline has even planted a surprise for fans, naming some of the new flights 'NZ1989' after Swift's fifth album.

Air NZ chief customer and sales officer Leanne Geraghty said when the tour dates were released last week the airline saw a surge in demand with more than 3500 Kiwis booking flights to coincide with concert dates.

"Fans hoping to secure their flights will have to act fast, we expect the additional capacity will sell out swiftly," Geraghty said in a statement.

"During high demand periods, fares increase so we can manage a small supply of seats for last minute travel. We also typically see higher demand and hence pricing for late week and weekend travel dates. 

"We recommend Swifties get on board with booking flights early so they don’t miss out."

The additional capacity goes on sale from 2pm Friday.