Di­rect flights in­crease to NZ

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

A fur­ther boost to visi­ta­tion for next year was the an­nounce­ment from Air New Zealand of the in­crease in the num­ber of di­rect flights from Auck­land to Cairns from two to five a week next year. There will be three flights a week be­tween mid-April to mid-June, four dur­ing the sec­ond half of June and five be­tween July and mid-Oc­to­ber.

Hol­i­day vis­i­tors from New Zealand to Trop­i­cal North Queens­land are around 32,000 per year with 308,000 vis­i­tor nights. The Dou­glas re­gion is cur­rently the ’hot’ des­ti­na­tion of choice for New Zealan­ders and t he in­creased flights are a step in the right di­rec­tion for in­crease vis­i­tor num­bers in 2014.

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