Christchurch Jetstar flights chopped

Last updated 13:25 25/01/2012

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Jetstar will end its three- times-a-week Brisbane-to- Christchurch flights from March 25 - services that date back to 2005 when the airline chose New Zealand as its first international destination.

A Jetstar spokesman said the cancellation of its three- times-weekly Christchurch- Brisbane service was regretted but reflected lower-than- expected passenger numbers. "Unfortunately this route has not performed as we would have liked," he said.

In August 2005 Jetstar announced plans to fly from Christchurch to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast - adding an extra 1500 passenger seats in and out of Christchurch each week. The airline committed more than $100m to its first international foray.

Then in June 2009 it launched domestic services into New Zealand between the the three main centres and Queenstown. The spokesman said while the Christchurch- Brisbane flights were disappearing, the airline had recently increased its Christchurch to Gold Coast flights to four services a week from two services a week.

Similarly, it had increased Melbourne-Queenstown services to three times a week from two.

Jetstar had continued to grow across the Tasman and domestically in New Zealand during the past 12 months. But the airline was looking to optimise its network to best suit customer demand.

"We're obviously still quite committed to the New Zealand market but as with any business you do chop and change around a bit," he said.

On the New Zealand domestic front it had also introduced daily Wellington- Queenstown services and added two additional Auckland- Queenstown services to take that total to nine services a week. It also added daily Auckland-Dunedin services in the second half of 2011.

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- The Press


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