Wednesday 27 May 2020

More Air New Zealand planes will fly onto the tarmac at Tauranga Airport just in time for Queen’s Birthday weekend.

The national carrier will operate additional flights on its Wellington-Tauranga and Christchurch-Tauranga routes for the long weekend. Between 28 May and 2 June, Air New Zealand will operate four extra return services between Wellington and Tauranga, and one additional return service between Christchurch and Tauranga.

“We’re encouraged by Kiwis’ enthusiasm to explore their backyard and fly to Tauranga. We’re proud to support the Bay of Plenty’s tourism economy through additional flights for Queen’s Birthday weekend,” said Air New Zealand’s Head of Tourism and Regional Affairs Reuben Levermore.

Many tourism operators regard Queen’s Birthday weekend as the “last hurrah” for domestic tourism before the next long weekend – Labour Day – on 26 October, said Tourism Bay of Plenty Chief Executive Kristin Dunne.

“I’m thrilled that Air New Zealand is throwing its support behind the Coastal Bay of Plenty’s tourism industry. Safely increasing our connectivity is going to undeniably accelerate our region’s economic restart,”said Dunne.

Air New Zealand is also increasing the number of services into and out of Tauranga in response to increasing demand and ability to travel throughout the country.

The Tauranga-Auckland route will see an increase to 32 return services per week, and the Tauranga-Wellington route will increase to 19 return services per week from Monday 1 June. Air New Zealand will also resume its daily Tauranga-Christchurch return service from the same date.

“We have a strong relationship with Air New Zealand and Tauranga Airport and have run several successful campaigns together to grow the region’s economy for the benefit of our community. We’re committed to this partnership,” said Dunne.

Tauranga Airport Chief Executive Officer Ray Dumble said, “I’m delighted to see more of our national carrier’s planes take to the skies bringing more Kiwis to Tauranga.”

“The more demand we see for these flights, the more we’ll increase the frequency,” said Levermore.

From 8 June, the airline will also offer a ‘start up’ service for the Tauranga-Auckland route, enabling same day return flights for business travellers.The flight will depart Tauranga at 7:00am and return from Auckland at 6:15pm.