Jetstar has announced plans to return to pre-COVID capacity in New Zealand with the boost of flights in 2024.
Domestic And International Network Changes
Jetstar says from March 31, 2024, it’ll ramp up its New Zealand domestic network and focus on international flight increases too.
By the middle of 2024, the airline is expected to reach up to 100% of pre-COVID domestic capacity in New Zealand. Meanwhile, its Trans-Tasman service will operate at levels 40% higher than before the pandemic.
Domestically, the airline will see substantial increases in flying from Auckland to other major cities within the country. Jetstar cites these as popular locations.
- Auckland to Christchurch up to 39 return services per week
- Auckland to Wellington up to 30 return services per week
- Auckland to Queenstown up to 21 return services per week
- Auckland to Dunedin up to 7 return services per week
- Christchurch to Wellington up to 14 return services per week
Additionally, there’ll be a focus on Auckland once more for Trans-Tasman flying as demand continues to persist and Jetstar adds more frequencies to meet this.
- Auckland to Melbourne up to 13 return services per week
- Auckland to Gold Coast up to 13 return services per week
- Auckland to Brisbane up to 11 return services per week
- Auckland to Sydney will up to 9 return services per week
- Christchurch to Melbourne up to 5 return services per week
An Important Christmas Period Coming
The summer holidays are typically the busiest for Jetstar as services are ramped up across the Oceania region, which won’t change this year.
Jetstar says more than 180,000 people are expected to fly over the Christmas and New Year period in New Zealand, representing a 5% increase from one year prior.
This is also what Jetstar describes as its busiest summer since 2019. The company has been aided by easing restrictions and people’s confidence once more to begin travelling.
Comments From Jetstar Executive
This significant capacity boost comes off the back of increased demand across our domestic and international networks this year, as Kiwis seek out more choice and affordable travel options. As we head in 2024, we’re committed to continuing to improve our operations and to be the low fares leader that New Zealanders can rely on.Jetstar’s Head of New Zealand, Shelley Musk
Performance Continues To Improve
Across the board, Jetstar says it has focused on recruiting more staff members in the most recent year. A total of 120 frontline team members have joined throughout New Zealand. Additionally, there’s more staff on standby as Jetstar sees demand soar.
Across the Trans-Tasman network, Jetstar notes that its on-time performance reached 77.8% in November. This represented the strongest month for OTP since the emergence of COVID-19.