Qantas today announced that it would open a new route, between Adelaide and Auckland, from December 2004. Executive General Manager Qantas Airlines, John Borghetti, said the new Qantas service would provide the only direct link between the two cities. “Our Adelaide-Auckland flights will operate three times a week, offering a two-class service on 168-seat Boeing 737-800 aircraft,” he said.
“The new route will provide another important link between Australia and New Zealand.
“We already operate more than 200 flights a week across the Tasman, connecting Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne with Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, as well as flying non-stop services from Sydney and Brisbane to Queenstown during the ski season.”
Mr Borghetti said he expected that the new non-stop option to New Zealand would be welcomed by the South Australian business community, including the important wine, manufacturing and defence sectors, and would also provide great opportunities for New Zealand business travellers directly into South Australia.
“It will also benefit South Australian tourism, particularly with the increasing popularity of attractions such as The Ghan train journey between Adelaide and Darwin, as well as opening a new market for tourism to New Zealand,” he said.
The new service will operate from Adelaide on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, returning from Auckland on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Qantas also commenced an expansion of its New Zealand domestic jet operations this week, with the airline operating Boeing 737s between Christchurch and Rotorua and Christchurch and Wellington for the first time.