Virgin Australia to add two New Zealand routes, adjust other elements of trans Tasman network

    Virgin Australia announced (16-Apr-2018) changes to its trans Tasman services, effective 28-Oct-2018:

    • New routes:
      • Sydney-Wellington: New service operating up to five times weekly;
      • Melbourne-Queenstown: New service operating up to four times weekly. Virgin Australia will be the sole carrier to offer business class on the route;
    • Capacity increases:
      • Auckland-Sydney: Increased up to three times daily on weekdays and twice daily on weekends;
      • Auckland-Melbourne: Increased up to twice daily every day;
      • Auckland-Brisbane: Increased to up to twice daily and up to three times daily on peak days;
    • Capacity reductions:
      • Christchurch-Melbourne: Reduced from nine times weekly to daily;
      • Brisbane-Wellington: Reduced from up to 14 times weekly to nine times weekly.

    Virgin Australia group executive Rob Sharp said: “While the Brisbane-Wellington and Christchurch-Melbourne routes will have a small reduction in frequency, we remain committed both markets. Virgin Australia also remains the only international airline flying to and from Dunedin”. Mr Sharp also noted the carrier has improved the timing of some flights to New Zealand to better suit the needs of both leisure and business travellers. All routes will operate with Boeing 737-800 aircraft in two class configuration. [more – original PR]