Airlines are boosting the number of flights to and from Christchurch to cope with demand from rebuild workers.
Air New Zealand will this week double capacity for travellers between New Plymouth and Christchurch, with 14 additional flights weekly.
Total capacity on the route will increase to more than 67,000 seats a year.
Air New Zealand group manager Cam Wallace said the increase was because of increased demand surrounding the Christchurch rebuild, and the company was ''pleased to be facilitating the ongoing rebuild within the Canterbury region''.
Flights to and from Tauranga and Hamilton are also up, with Tauranga services increased by a third, and capacity between Hamilton and Christchurch up 18 per cent.
Wallace said many passengers travelling from New Plymouth, Hamilton and Tauranga to Christchurch previously had to stop off in Wellington.
Jetstar boosted flights between Christchurch and Auckland last month.
Jetstar New Zealand chief executive David Hall said the service was increasing weekday peak-time flights to and from Christchurch to keep up with high demand.
He said passengers wanted ''more fare options at peak travel times across the main trunk routes, so we've designed our new schedule to meet this demand''.
The changes follow Air New Zealand's recent announcement of direct services from the Kapiti Coast and Perth to Christchurch, which will launch on November 4 and December 4 respectively.
BY THE NUMBERS
- 67,000 seats flying between New Plymouth and Christchurch annually.
- 28 extra flights to and from Christchurch every week.
- 30 per cent higher capacity between Tauranga and Christchurch.
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