Three years of direct international flights to Auckland
Newcastle Airport and Virgin Australia have announced a three-year partnership to continue flying direct services between the Hunter and Auckland.
“In what is a great sign of confidence in the region, we have formalised an agreement to continue connecting these two harbour cities for at least the next three years,” said Newcastle Airport CEO, Dr Peter Cock.
“On the back of the successes of last year, we are thrilled to provide some clarity and certainty around the longevity of these flights, which cement us as an international airport.
“The first season was a real success, delivering an estimated $5.4 million in economic benefit into our region. Importantly, 38% of holiday travellers were visiting the Hunter for the first time, which indicates this direct service stimulated new demand.
“The service also provided thousands of locals with the opportunity to visit Auckland for the first time. In fact, 30% of Australian leisure travellers made their inaugural visit to the New Zealand city via this direct service.”
“With our international capability now confirmed, we’re strengthening the region’s reputation as a key destination for both domestic and international travels and a second international gateway into NSW. It’s thanks to the ongoing support from our shareholders as well as state and federal government stakeholders that we’re well placed to deliver our vision to be the Airport the region deserves,” Dr Cock added.
Virgin Australia will operate three return services per week during the peak holiday period from 21 November 2019 to 16 February 2020, with potential to grow over subsequent years.
Virgin Australia General Manager, Network and Revenue Management, Russell Shaw said that the airline was pleased to announce a return of the seasonal service after its popularity last year.
“Virgin Australia is proud to be launching the seasonal service between Newcastle and Auckland for the second year in a row, connecting two fantastic cities and providing the regional New South Wales community with more seamless international travel connections during the busy holiday period,” Mr Shaw said.