Lead­ing low fares air­line to bring up to 28,000 ex­tra Ki­wis

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - TOURISM TALK -

LEAD­ING low fares air­line Jet­star is set to de­liver more than 28,000 in­bound seats a year be­tween Auck­land and Cairns with the launch of its new route last week.

The new route was launched by Jet­star on Tues­day and of­fers three flights per week, op­er­at­ing each Tues­day, Wed­nes­day and Satur­day at the low price of $99 one way.

Jet­star chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer David Hall said Jet­star ex­pected the low fare con­nec­tion to boost Queens­land tourism dur­ing the re­cov­ery from re­cent sig­nif­i­cant nat­u­ral dis­as­ters.

“Ac­cord­ing to Tourism Re­search Aus­tralia data (In­ter­na­tional Vis­i­tors Sur­vey 2006-2010), New Zealan­ders spend on av­er­age $2073 when trav­el­ling to Aus­tralia,” he said.

“Based on this statis­tic, Jet­star’s new ser­vice has the po­ten­tial to gen­er­ate up to $40 mil­lion for the lo­cal econ­omy each year.”

“This has been in plan­ning for months now as it was a great op­por­tu­nity to con­nect two great des­ti­na­tions that have both been linked in nat­u­ral dis­as­ters.”

Tourism Trop­i­cal North Queens­land CEO Rob Gi­a­son said Cairns and the Great Bar­rier Reef out­per­formed Queens­land and Aus­tralia with growth from the New Zealand mar­ket last year.

“Hol­i­day visi­tor num­bers in­creased by 4 per cent and there was an amaz­ing 27 per cent in­crease in hol­i­day visi­tor nights from the New Zealand mar­ket,” he said.

“The Jet­star ser­vice will add al­most 28,000 in­bound seats an­nu­ally to the cur­rent ca­pac­ity from Auck­land to Cairns.”

Lo­cal fam­i­lies can ben­e­fit from the new route by trav­el­ling from Cairns to Auck­land, the gateway to New Zealand, to ex­pe­ri­ence the ski fields of the South Is­land at low prices.

The sale started on Tues­day and ends at 11.59pm to­mor­row night. The launch of­fer is for travel be­tween Auck­land and Cairns be­tween Au­gust 2 and Septem­ber 7 and Oc­to­ber 26 and De­cem­ber 10.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.jet­star.com.

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