The Courier-Mail

Qantas ups flights to Kiwi cities

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DAYS after Virgin Australia announced plans to ramp up flights to New Zealand, Qantas has hit back – in the clearest sign yet it is again “game on” between the two carriers.

The Flying Kangaroo will operate an additional 95 flights from Brisbane to Wellington and Christchur­ch between December and February to meet school holiday demand.

Qantas has also announced a fifth weekly flight between Sydney and Jakarta, and daily services between Perth and Singapore in the holiday period. The announceme­nt follows Virgin Australia’s decision to add flights from October 25 out of Brisbane to Auckland, Christchur­ch, Dunedin and Wellington.

Trans-Tasman air traffic is growing.

A record 1.3 million Kiwis came to Australia in the year to June, and about 1.2 million Australian­s visited New Zealand in the same period.

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