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Qantas is adding flights to its international network in response to strong demand from  customers travelling to New Zealand.  

From late October 2024, the national carrier will add up to 260,000 additional seats across three of its  trans-Tasman routes over 12 months, compared to its current schedule. 

  • Brisbane-Christchurch: flights to increase from daily to between 10 to 12 per week from late  October, adding up to 1,700 seats on the route each week.  
  • Melbourne-Christchurch: flights to increase from daily to 12 per week over the  

December/January peak, and continue between 10 to 12 per week through 2025, adding up to  1,700 seats on the route each week. 

  • Melbourne-Wellington: flights to increase from daily to 10 per week between September 2024 and  April 2025, adding up to 1,000 seats on the route each week.  

All three routes are operated with the airline’s Boeing 737 aircraft.  

The changes represent an almost 50 per cent increase in capacity across the routes and a 7 per cent increase for Qantas’ broader trans-Tasman network, and follow other recent network additions including the  launch of Brisbane-Wellington late last year.  

Qantas International CEO Cam Wallace said the airline was pleased to support the ongoing growth of its  network between Australia and New Zealand.  

“We’ve been growing our trans-Tasman network over the last six months with new routes, larger aircraft  and more flights to support sustained demand,” said Mr Wallace. 

“These additional flights will see us operate almost double daily services from Melbourne and Brisbane to  Christchurch, offering business and leisure customers more choice in the time of day they’d like to travel.  

“The services will also make it easier for Kiwis to connect to our broader domestic and international network  via the east coast of Australia.  

“We are flying more people across the Tasman than we did pre-COVID with up to 180 return flights each  week. We’ll continue to look for opportunities to grow it further where there is demand.” 

The new trans-Tasman flights are available from today at or via travel agents.