Pacific Blue to axe Sydney-Hamilton service

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Pacific Blue plans to stop operating flights between Sydney and Hamilton in New Zealand, as it focuses on increasing flight frequencies out of Brisbane.

The airline, a subsidiary of Australia-based Virgin Blue, plans to add one extra weekly flight each to its Hamilton-Brisbane and Dunedin-Brisbane routes.

This will increase the flight frequency on each route to four times weekly from three, says Pacific Blue.

The carrier is finalising flight times and will announce more details shortly, it adds.

"Both Dunedin and Hamilton markets have shown good support for our direct services to Brisbane and as a result we're adding an extra weekly flight from both cities," says the airline's CEO Mark Pitt.

"While the support for Hamilton-Sydney has also been positive during periods such as school holidays, we have made the decision to focus on a route from Hamilton that is in stronger demand and allows us to provide more frequent services."