Air New Zealand, Virgin to raise capacity on Queenstown route

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Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia will increase trans-Tasman capacity on the Queenstown route during the period from July to September.

As part of the alliance, the airlines will add more than 30,000 extra seats between Queenstown, New Zealand, and Australia this year.

The airlines will operate at least five additional Airbus A320 services per week from Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney to Queenstown.

Air New Zealand's deputy chief executive officer and acting chief sales officer Norm Thompson says the alliance will operate up to 30 direct trans-Tasman services to Queenstown per week during winter, compared with nine weekly services during the ski season five years ago.