Jetstar launches new Wellington-Dunedin services and adds summer trans-Tasman capacity

  • Jetstar Wellington-Dunedin services to begin in late October
  • More trans-Tasman flights this summer to Queenstown and Christchurch
  • Boeing 787 services to Auckland added to seasonal schedule

Jetstar will bring low fares to an additional domestic jet route from October this year with the introduction of a new service between Wellington and Dunedin.

The airline today announced it will fly between the capital and Otago’s biggest city three times a week from 28 October. It will be Jetstar’s sixth domestic jet route in New Zealand.

Jetstar Head of New Zealand, Grant Kerr, said customers had regularly requested the airline add a Wellington-Dunedin service to bring more competitive fares to the route.

“We’re looking forward to linking the two cities and offering students, leisure and business travellers a low fares option for airline travel."
Grant Kerr, Jetstar Head of New Zealand

To celebrate the launch Jetstar is offering special one-way launch fares today midday-4pm from $29* for travel 3 February to 16 March 2016 and from $49* for travel 28 October to 9 December this year. Regular one-way lead-in fares Wellington-Dunedin start from $79*.

The new jet services will depart Wellington on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 11.10am with the return service departing Dunedin at 12.55pm.

Jetstar also announced today it will be adding its wide body Boeing 787 aircraft to its trans-Tasman schedule^ over the upcoming Christmas holiday season along with extra summer flying to Queenstown and Christchurch from Australia.

The Boeing 787 has been scheduled to fly Monday services Melbourne-Auckland and Auckland-Sydney for seven weeks from the middle of December to the end of January.

Additional Airbus A320 capacity from Australia to Queenstown has been added for the busy holiday season with more than 10,000 extra seats between December and January compared with last year.

“Queenstown is truly a year-round holiday destination and we’re recognising that by adding a significant number of extra seats this summer,” said Grant Kerr.

“This complements the additional flying we added during the ski season this year.”

More than 5,000 extra seats will also be added over summer between Christchurch and Melbourne.

Mr Kerr said today’s announcements support Jetstar’s continued commitment to growing its New Zealand business. In June this year Jetstar revealed it would be starting services to four regional destinations in December, using QantasLink Q300 turbo-prop aircraft.

“We’ve now visited all the regions under consideration and we’ve had a very positive response from everyone we’ve spoken to about our new services,” Mr Kerr said.

“We can’t wait to bring Jetstar’s low fares to more Kiwis than ever before.”

^ 787 flights subject to government and regulatory approval.

* Checked baggage not included. Sale fares not available on all flights or days and conditions apply. Prices are based on payment by direct deposit/POLi, or voucher for bookings through jetstar.com. For all other bookings, a Booking and Service Fee of $5.00 per passenger per domestic flight applies.