Jetstar announces 100 extra flights for biggest rugby event to hit New Zealand

Thousands more rugby fans will move around New Zealand for less during September and October, with 100 extra domestic flights announced today by low fares leader Jetstar.

Between 15 September and 9 October, Jetstar will provide an additional:

  • Daily Auckland-Christchurch return service
  • Four times weekly Auckland-Wellington return serviceThree times weekly Auckland-Queenstown return service

Jetstar Australia & NZ CEO David Hall said Jetstar was proud to be supporting New Zealanders and its visitors for the biggest sporting event the country has ever hosted.

“We are delighted to announce additional services for local and visiting rugby fans during September and October. Jetstar is committed to helping more people travel around the country for the lowest fares, during what’s going to be an extremely busy time for the New Zealand tourism industry,” Mr Hall said.

“We are positioning an additional aircraft in Auckland, increasing our fleet-base there to five. The additional flight schedule has been developed to provide support where demand is expected to be greatest during that time.”

The 100 flights will provide an additional 17,700 seats for domestic air travel.

The additional services are now on sale at

Jetstar’s New Zealand additional flights (15 September – 9 October 2011)

Auckland - Christchurch

  • JQ253 09:30 AKL-CHC 10:50 Daily
  • JQ242 11:25 CHC-AKL 12:45 Daily

Auckland - Queenstown

  • JQ273 13:35 AKL-ZQN 15:25 Tues, Wed, Sat
  • JQ270 15:55 ZQN-AKL 17:35 Tues, Wed, Sat

Auckland - Wellington

  • JQ261 13:15 AKL-WLG 14:20 Mon, Thurs, Fri, Sun
  • JQ260 14:55 WLG-AKL 16:00 Mon, Thurs, Fri, Sun

The flight schedule above is in addition to Jetstar’s existing New Zealand services.

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Jetstar first took to the skies in 2004 and has since flown more than 350 million customers across an extensive international and domestic network. The Jetstar Group is made up of Jetstar Airways (subsidiary of the Qantas Group) in Australia and New Zealand, Jetstar Asia in Singapore, and Jetstar Japan in Japan. A leading low-fares airline, Jetstar is committed to offering everyday low fares to enable more people to fly to more places, more often. As one of Asia Pacific’s fastest-growing airline brands, Jetstar was voted Best Low-Cost Airline in Asia Pacific in 2021 and was recognized for its excellent flight safety records and services when listed on the "2022 World's Top 10 LCC" released by Airline Ratings.