Qantas' Queenstown-Sydney ski route to go daily

JOSH MARTIN
Last updated 05:00 24/01/2014

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Qantas will launch daily flights from Sydney to Queenstown over the peak ski season for the first time in 2014.

The airline will also add capacity on the route throughout the Easter holidays before daily flights coincide with the ski season, from July to October.

Qantas chief executive of international Simon Hickey said the extra services would meet increased demand over Queenstown's busiest periods.

"Our seasonal services reflect the continued popularity of the surrounding ski fields and will represent a boost to the New Zealand tourism industry," he said.

Queenstown airport figures show about 1.21 million passengers passed through the international airport terminal last year compared to nearly 1.16 million in 2012.

The airport said the trans-Tasman routes to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane were central to the record number of visitors, that grew 31 per cent or by 66,000 passengers last year.

Queenstown airport chief executive Scott Paterson said Qantas' move to daily flights to Australia's largest city would be "fantastic for the region" and could make 2014 another record year.

"Sydney is an important gateway for us for short-haul travel and the new Qantas-Emirates alliance provides even greater reach, making us easily accessible to the world," he said.

"For Australians, more frequency and choice will be great for those looking to hop across the Tasman for a winter ski holiday."

Air New Zealand also operates daily flights on the route.

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- Fairfax Media

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