Wellington,
31
August
2015
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23:16
Australia/Melbourne

Jetstar launches low fares to Nelson, Napier, New Plymouth and Palmerston North

  • Jetstar announces low fares to four new regional destinations, five routes
  • Flights on sale now to Nelson, Napier, New Plymouth and Palmerston North
  • Launch sale fares start from $9^ one-way

Jetstar today unveiled its new regional network in New Zealand, launching low fares on five routes between Nelson, Napier, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Auckland and Wellington.

Nelson-Auckland and Napier-Auckland flights will take off from the beginning of December*, in time for the busy tourism season in both popular holiday destinations.

New Plymouth-Auckland, Palmerston North-Auckland and Nelson-Wellington flights will follow early next year, with services scheduled to begin from 1 February 2016*.

David Hall, CEO Jetstar Australia and New Zealand, made the announcement this morning in Wellington, joined by Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Transport Minister Simon Bridges.

Today we’re delivering on our commitment to bring low fares and increased competition to communities around the country
David Hall, Jetstar Australia and New Zealand CEO

“Today we’re delivering on our commitment to bring low fares and increased competition to communities around the country,” said Mr Hall

To celebrate the new routes Jetstar is offering special $9^ one-way regional launch fares from 9.30am-1.30pm today for travel 1-15 December 2015, 2 February-21 March 2016 and 4 May-29 Jun 2016.

Regular one-way lead-in fares on the new regional services are $45^ Nelson-Wellington and New Plymouth-Auckland and $49^ on the three other routes.

Jetstar first announced plans for a regional network in June this year and has been considering proposals from locations across the country for its initial expansion.

“In the past several weeks our New Zealand management team has travelled to eight regional centres and received a warm welcome and very positive support in every city we’ve visited,” said Mr Hall.

“The feedback we’ve received from local councils, airports, economic agencies, businesses, and the tourism and travel trade has been invaluable in helping us to choose our first four destinations.

“We’ve also had fantastic support from potential customers who are keen to have a choice of airlines.

“We believe the routes we’ve announced today offer the strongest opportunities to grow the market and make a real difference to local economies and locals’ wallets, encouraging more travel and saving people money when they fly.”

Mr Hall said the valuable relationships forged with all the regions would continue.

“We’ll keep talking with stakeholders in Hamilton, Rotorua, Invercargill and Tauranga because they’ve all expressed a desire for airline competition and they support Jetstar’s model of stimulating market growth through lower fares.”

[We're] building a strong base with our initial destinations so we can look at other opportunities in the future
Grant Kerr, Head of Jetstar New Zealand

Head of Jetstar New Zealand, Grant Kerr, said the initial five regional routes would build a strong base for considering more regional destinations.

“On our visits throughout the country the message was loud and clear that regional Kiwis want Jetstar’s entry to their markets to be sustainable because they’ve seen other airlines come and go,” said Mr Kerr. “So that’s what we’re doing; building a strong base with our initial destinations so we can look at other opportunities in the future.”

Mr Kerr said the airline would be taking a phased approach to launching the new operations, starting the leisure routes of Nelson-Auckland and Napier-Auckland in December and other routes two months later.

“Jetstar has built a reputation for strong on-time performance and reliability on our domestic jet services in the past couple of years and we’ll be bringing that focus to our regional services as well.”

Jetstar’s regional network will add more than 670,000 new seats a year to the domestic market, a significant increase on the airline’s current domestic jet seat capacity of over 2.6 million seats annually.

First flights each day will take off from regional ports, with crew and aircraft positioned overnight in each of the new destinations. Recruiting has commenced for the 100 new jobs the regional expansion will create, with positions available for pilots, cabin crew, and ground crew.

All Jetstar domestic fares in New Zealand, including the new regional services, offer the ability for Qantas Frequent Flyer members to earn Qantas Points**.

The Jetstar-branded regional services, which will be marketed and managed by Jetstar, will be operated by QantasLink. Under this arrangement, Qantas-owned Eastern Australia Airlines, which has operated Q300 aircraft in Australia for QantasLink for over 15 years, will manage the aircraft operations.

Jetstar launched trans-Tasman flights in 2005 and established domestic operations in New Zealand in June 2009. The low cost carrier’s fleet of nine Airbus A320 aircraft operate up to up to 250 domestic and 100 international flights a week. Jetstar has over 400 team members in New Zealand.

Direct services: Regional start dates, schedules and fares

Direct routes

Start date

Schedule

Launch sale^

Regular lead-in fare^

Nelson-Auckland

1 Dec 2015*

27 flights per week

$9

$49

Napier-Auckland

1 Dec 2015*

27 flights per week

$9

$49

New Plymouth-Auckland

1 Feb 2016*

27 flights per week

$9

$45

Palmerston North-Auckland

1 Feb 2016*

27 flights per week

$9

$49

Nelson-Wellington

1 Feb 2016*

21 flights per week

$9

$45

Connecting services*: Domestic and International

In addition to direct regional flights domestic and international connections are offered including:

Domestic and international connections

Jetstar domestic connections (To/From – via Auckland or Wellington. On sale 31 Aug 2015.)

  • Nelson............................... Christchurch, New Plymouth, Napier
  • Napier................................ Christchurch, Dunedin, New Plymouth, Nelson, Wellington, Queenstown
  • New Plymouth.................... Christchurch, Dunedin, Nelson, Wellington, Queenstown
  • Palmerston North................ Christchurch, Nelson, Wellington (Also to Dunedin and Queenstown outbound)

Jetstar International connections (To/From – via Auckland or Wellington. On sale 31 Aug 2015.)

  • All regions.......................... Melbourne, Gold Coast, Sydney

Jetstar/Qantas International connections (To/From – via Auckland or Wellington. On sale 1 Sep 2015.)

  • Napier, Palmerston North.... Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth (Purchase on Qantas.com)
  • New Plymouth, Nelson........ Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane (Purchase on Qantas.com)

Regional aircraft information

Jetstar’s fleet of five 50--seat Bombardier Q300 aircraft will be based in Auckland and operated on behalf of Jetstar by Qantas-owned Eastern Australia Airlines. In addition to the new livery the aircraft interiors are being refreshed with new leather seating to match Jetstar’s Airbus A320 fleet. Standard seat pitch is a generous 32 inches. Carry-on baggage is a maximum of 7 kg. For more details on regional services visit Jetstar.com/nz/en/nzregional.

About Jetstar

The Jetstar Group is one of Asia Pacific’s fastest growing airline brands with one of the most extensive ranges of destinations in the region. It is made up of Jetstar Airways (subsidiary of the Qantas Group) in Australia and New Zealand, Jetstar Asia in Singapore, Jetstar Pacific in Vietnam, and Jetstar Japan in Japan. Jetstar branded carriers operate up to 5,000 flights a week to more than 85 destinations. The Jetstar Group carried more than 37 million passengers in financial year 2017.