New Zealand ski trips are back on the cards for Gold Coasters after Jetstar re-commenced its Gold Coast-Queenstown service today.
The airline will operate three return flights a week between the two cities, increasing to five weekly services from 1 August for the peak ski season.
It represents about 65,000 passenger seats between both destinations each year.
Queensland Airports Limited CEO Chris Mills welcomed the resumption of the popular service, which prior to COVID-19 had operated year-round since late 2014.
“Locals are keen to explore new destinations while most international travel is paused and places like Sydney and Melbourne are impacted by border controls,” he said.
“Queenstown is the adventure capital of New Zealand, so there is no shortage of things to do for thrill seekers, and a thriving food and wine scene and stunning alpine scenery will entertain those who enjoy holidaying at a more relaxed pace.
“There are pre-entry requirements for people travelling to New Zealand, so we encourage travellers to plan ahead.”
There are 26 return flights between the Gold Coast and New Zealand this week, connecting the city with Queenstown, Auckland and Christchurch. Direct flights to Wellington will also re-commence from 1 August.
More than 15,000 passengers travelled between the Gold Coast and New Zealand in June.
Direct flights are operating between Gold Coast Airport and Cairns, Canberra, Adelaide, Hobart, Newcastle, Avalon, Perth, Townsville, Queenstown, Auckland and Christchurch. Flights are also operating to Sydney and Melbourne at reduced capacity.