Auckland night flights going cheap
Tourism in Auckland and Wellington is expected to benefit from an Air New Zealand "Night Rider" service announced today where all 133 seats on a plane will be sold for $29.
The new service would add the equivalent of "100,000 ludicrously low-cost seats per year" between the two cities, Air NZ chief executive Rob Fyfe said.
Flights will depart from both Auckland and Wellington at 10pm every night from Sunday to Friday.
On Saturdays the flight would depart Auckland for Wellington at 9pm, with the return leg departing Wellington at 10.30pm.
The first services will depart on Monday, November 5.
Fyfe said the additional flights would not only help to meet growing demand on the Auckland to Wellington route but he expected would stimulate tourism in the two cities.
"We expect the Night Rider services to be a massive hit with our customers. There has never been a service like this in the market before with fares for an entire plane priced at $29."
Fyfe said there would be some restrictions to the flight.
"The late night flights will skip our usual in-flight drink and snack service and passengers travelling on these fares are not eligible for Koru Lounge entry prior to departure.
"Night Rider services cannot be booked as part of a through fare domestically or internationally and are not available to unaccompanied minors. Services may not operate on key public holidays."