16 October 2019
Air New Zealand will building up flights between Auckland and Sunshine Coast Airport subsequent yr, extending its present seasonal provider by means of ten weeks and bringing greater than 2,000 new seats to the path.
The prolonged season will begin on 12 April 2020, and has had reinforce in the course of the Queensland Govt’s Attracting Aviation Funding Fund.
Sunshine Coast Airport Leader Government, Andrew Brodie, stated the prolonged season builds at the robust good fortune of the prevailing Auckland provider and was once smartly timed to coincide with the Easter vacations.
“New Zealand is the biggest supply of global guests to the Sunshine Coast, so the extra flights shall be nice information for the area’s tourism trade in addition to the robust inhabitants of Kiwis who name Sunshine Coast house,” Mr Brodie stated.
“With seamless connections, there’s an improbable alternative to additional develop key customer markets past New Zealand, in particular america which noticed 29 % expansion within the 12 months finishing June 2019.
“It additionally offers Sunshine Coast citizens the chance to fly out in their native airport to Auckland and connect to different trans-Tasman locations akin to Queenstown and Dunedin.
“It additionally supplies seamless go back and forth to trans-Atlantic towns together with Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Chicago, Vancouver and Buenos Aires with out the inconvenience and price of getting to take on the Bruce Freeway to Brisbane.”
Mr Brodie stated Sunshine Coast Airport was once Australia’s quickest rising airport, and the prolonged Air New Zealand provider would assist meet passenger call for upfront of larger capability because of the release of the brand new runway on the finish of 2020.
“With file choice of New Zealand guests, rising 19.Five % for the yr finishing in June, we predict persisted call for for the Sunshine Coast from around the Tasman, pushed by means of our enviable local weather, herbal and journey sights, and robust program of occasions,” Mr Brodie stated.
“It’s nice to convey this additional capability on line prior to the brand new runway opens, and after that the sky’s the prohibit with regards to rising present and new locations.”
Air New Zealand’s seasonal global provider between Sunshine Coast and Auckland started in 2012 with 5,734 passengers for the season and has grown to 19,078 passengers in 2018.