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