Air New Zealand to fly 227,000 passengers over Easter 2024

  • 27/03/2024

Air New Zealand, Jetstar and Qantas are gearing up for a heavy weekend of air travel as Kiwis and Aussies celebrate Easter.

In Aotearoa, Air NZ said 227,000 customers are travelling on their services over the Easter weekend, the busiest day of which will be Thursday when 54,000 passengers fly with the airline.

Data released by and Webjet earlier this month suggested Auckland was the number one most popular location Kiwis were travelling to over Easter, but Air NZ said Queenstown, Wānaka & Central Otago, Nelson-Tasman and Hawke's Bay were emerging as its top destinations for a long weekend getaway.

The majority of Air NZ's Easter customers (147,000) have domestic trips booked rather than international.

Australian airlines Qantas and Jetstar said they're expecting to fly across more than 670,000 passengers over the Easter long weekend with their most popular destinations being Auckland, Singapore, Bali, Tokyo, Gold Coast, Hobart and Cairns.

Air NZ and Qantas will be serving hot cross buns and Easter eggs to customers in their lounges over the weekend.

Meanwhile, Qantas and Jetstar have both launched Easter sales this week.

Jetstar's 'Eggs-tra Fare Frenzy sale' includes budget, seat only one-way fares to Rarotonga or the Gold Coast from $159, along with domestic airfares from $30.

Full economy airfares from Qantas in its Australia Hop Over Sale start at $529 to Sydney and Melbourne, or $669 for Brisbane and Adelaide.

Qantas also announced it is adding up to 260,000 additional seats across three of its trans-Tasman routes over 12 months starting late October.