Restarting flights to NZ

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Aerohottie

Member since 27 Feb 2014

Total posts 1

Virgin Australia currently only serve Queenstown (ZQN) in NZ.

With the winter travel season to ZQN coming to an end in a few months, and holiday season travel picking up, are we likely to see Virgin re-establish flights to Auckland (AKL), Wellington (WLG) and Christchurch (CHC) to take advantage of the holiday boom and complete with the clear price gauging currently going on these routes with NZ and QF?

dyoung8

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 15 Oct 2018

Total posts 3

I was just about to ask the same question! With the pending 31 Jan 23 credit expiry deadline - I still have quite a few credits due to many flights to Auckland cancelled. Am I right to assume the chances of VA resuming flights to main centres in NZ before Xmas is slim to none?

DanV

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 04 Nov 2017

Total posts 89

Very much correct. Likely to hold off outside ZQN in the medium term. AKL is a slim chance in early 2023, but may possibly be due to the UA partnership to feed their AKL-SFO flight from Queensland ports.

Apart from the current 10x weekly BNE-LAX on QF (up from daily), Queensland currently don't have a non-stop service competing service until the 3x weekly BNE-SFO service starts in October, which is underwritten and partially funded by the BAC and the State of Queensland under the Attracting Aviation Investment Fund (AAIF).

tommygun

Delta Air Lines - SkyMiles

Member since 16 Oct 2017

Total posts 218

VA do not currently have Queenstown flights. November is the proposed commencement.

Travellz

Member since 26 Mar 2020

Total posts 41

Originally Posted by tommygun

VA do not currently have Queenstown flights. November is the proposed commencement.

And funnily enough that's exactly when Qantas/Jetstar and Air NZ prices come down back to earth

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