- New year round Qantas service between Christchurch and
- Result of a highly successful summer seasonal service
- Will boost tourism numbers and provide South Islanders with
more options to Brisbane and beyond
A record-breaking summer at Christchurch Airport and a stellar
result from its seasonal service has prompted Qantas to expand the
service to operate all year round.
From June 2016, Qantas will operate the direct Christchurch to
Brisbane service three times a week, growing to four times a week
over the busy summer months.
Chief Commercial Officer - Aeronautical, Justin Watson, says the
announcement represents a more than four-fold increase in seats by
Qantas on the route and is a great vote of confidence in
Christchurch and the South Island.
"The summer service between Christchurch and Brisbane has
performed very well this summer, with flights averaging more than
90% full," he says.
"That's especially heartening because the number of seats
available on this route has been down about 35% in the five years
since the earthquakes.
"Qantas' decision to bring the flights back last December was
welcomed at the time, has
been great for travellers in both directions and therefore paid
off for the airline. We are delighted that has resulted in the
airline now deciding to make the service year-round."
Mr Watson says South Islanders wanting to warm up over the
southern winter are likely to make good use of the Brisbane flight,
either to Brisbane itself or as a connection to a number of ports
"In addition I have no doubt it will also help continue to boost
visitor arrivals from Australia and Asia into Christchurch, which
is the gateway to the South Island."
Mr Watson says Christchurch Airport is enjoying a
record-breaking summer, with its busiest day ever scheduled within
the next fortnight. A 16% increase in passenger numbers, as a
result of increased and new services from existing and new airline
partners, bringing about 50,000 more visitors and $150M new GDP
into the South Island.