Air New Zealand has raised its capacity on regional services to Christchurch and will add more frequencies to its international network over the next year.
The Star Alliance carrier says it has added three and four weekly services on the Tauranga-Christchurch and Hamilton-Christchurch routes respectively. This is in addition to twice daily services on the New Plymouth-Christchurch route. All of these increases will be operated by Bombardier Dash 8 Q300s.
The introduction of new ATR 72-600 turboprops has allowed the airline to redeploy its aircraft on high demand routes, says its group general manager for New Zealand and Pacific Islands Cam Wallace.
On the international front, the carrier plans to resume its seasonal Auckland-Denpasar service and increase capacity on some services through the Pacific islands.
The twice weekly Auckland-Denpasar route will resume on 31 May until 19 October 2014. However, between 1 July and 12 October, the carrier will fly three times weekly on the route.
The carrier will also increase frequency on the Auckland-Honolulu route to up to five times weekly, from the current thrice weekly frequency. The increases will take place between 16 June and 25 October 2014.
The airline will use Boeing 767-300s on both routes.
Capacity on services to Nadi, Rarotonga, Nuku'alofa, Honolulu, Noumea, Papeete and Port Vila will increase by 7.1% between April to October 2014, as the carrier deploys a variety of widebody aircraft on those routes, it adds.