Jetstar piles back into the NZ market with fares from $21

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NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Mon, 8 Jun 2020, 4:21PM
Jetstar will resume Auckland to Queenstown flights in July. Photo / Supplied
Jetstar will resume Auckland to Queenstown flights in July. Photo / Supplied

Jetstar piles back into the NZ market with fares from $21

Author
NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Mon, 8 Jun 2020, 4:21PM

Jetstar will resume domestic flights in New Zealand from July 1 with promotional fares starting at $21.

The airline's return will be welcomed by travellers who had faced higher fares over the past six weeks as Air New Zealand was unable to fly with full planes.

Now the country is at alert level 1, Jetstar said it will operate 75 flights a week, about 60 per cent of its pre-Covid 19 schedule.

Customers with bookings on the remaining 40 per cent of flights have been contacted and offered a range of options including credits for later journeys.

Promotional fares include Auckland to Wellington from $21, Auckland to Christchurch from $21, Christchurch to Wellington from $32, Auckland to Dunedin from $45 and Auckland to Queenstown from $48.

The airline said it will closely monitor demand, with further domestic flights likely to be added to the schedule in coming months.

Jetstar group chief executive Gareth Evans said the airline was ''well and truly ready to take off''.

"Passengers would notice a number of wellbeing initiatives as our flights resume, which have been developed based on best-practice medical advice and customer feedback, such as masks and sanitising wipes.

"This is in addition to the measures we already have in place such as extra cleaning and Hepa filters on board which remove 99.9 per cent of all particles, including viruses.''

The airline was introducing more flexibility into bookings, enabling customers to book with greater confidence."

Jetstar's New Zealand domestic schedule from 1 July includes:

  • Auckland to Christchurch (24 weekly return flights)
  • Auckland to Dunedin (3 return weekly flights)
  • Auckland to Wellington (27 return weekly flights)
  • Auckland to Queenstown (14 return weekly flights)
  • Christchurch to Wellington (7 return weekly flights)

    The sale runs until Wednesday.

The return of Jetstar comes as Air New Zealand expands its domestic network with flights to Timaru and Taupo resuming, and the airline building up to running at more than 55 per cent capacity.

Across the Tasman Qantas and Jetstar are flying just 15 per cent of their normal domestic capacity as interstate restrictions remain tight.