Air New Zealand is moving to year-round direct flights on its Auckland-Cairns, Auckland-Sunshine Coast and
Christchurch-Gold Coast routes under an agreement with the Queensland Government.
The boost in flights, announced today by Queensland’s Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe, will see existing April
through October seasonal services move to year-round flights through to May 2022.
Air New Zealand Chief Customer and Sales Officer Leanne Geraghty says the new flights will see an additional 26,000
seats available across the three Queensland destinations and marks the first time Kiwi holidaymakers will be able to
travel with the airline to the Sunshine Coast year-round.
“Queensland has long been a popular destination for Kiwis looking for a little winter sunshine, and Air New Zealand flew
around half of the 500,000 trips taken from New Zealand to Queensland in 2019. Extending to year-round operations means
all the experiences Queensland has to offer, be it theme parks, shopping, white sand beaches or the Great Barrier Reef,
are now viable options for New Zealanders no matter the month.
“We know Queenslanders also love to visit New Zealand, with nearly 400,000 crossing the Tasman in 2019 to take advantage
of the winter ski season or visit friends and relatives. The additional services and good connections onto our domestic
network mean Queenslanders will be able to explore more of New Zealand during the shoulder season.”
Queensland Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said Queensland was Good to Go for an unforgettable holiday experience.
“Whether it’s catching up with family and friends or visiting the iconic Queensland destinations you’ve seen on TV, now
is time to start planning your trip across the ditch,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
"We’ve been able to move to year-round direct flights across the Tasman because we’ve followed the expert medical advice
to make Queensland a safe destination.
“To make it even easier for Kiwis to enjoy a world-class Queensland holiday experience, Air New Zealand’s extended
season flights will be landing on the Sunshine and Gold Coasts, and the Tropical North to get your holiday started
“Year-round flights mean Queensland is always Good to Go.”