Jetstar will significantly increase its domestic services from Wellington to Auckland and Christchurch from November 15.
The budget airline will add another 20 return flights a week to the key Auckland route, taking the total weekly schedule to 60 return flights.
Flights to Christchurch will also be boosted by 50 per cent to 21 return flights a week.
Wellington International Airport and business leaders welcomed the move.
Airport chief executive Steve Sanderson said Jetstar had carried about 1.8 million passengers since April 2009, and the airport expected the airline to carry 1 million passengers in the next year.
"Their consistent low fares have been hugely beneficial for Wellington travellers," Sanderson said.
Jetstar's new schedule would benefit business travellers with up to 10 return flights a day to Auckland and three times daily to Christchurch.
Jetstar flights to Auckland would run every 90 minutes. Air New Zealand flights depart every half hour at peak times.
Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown said Jetstar's decision "underlines Wellington's attractiveness as a premier business and tourism destination".
- © Fairfax NZ News
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