The countdown to Newcastle Airport’s international flights to Auckland is on.
In July, Newcastle Airport and Virgin Australia announced a three-year partnership to continue flying direct service between the Hunter and Auckland, New Zealand.
The announcement came after the airport successfully launched its first international route in 16 years over the summer months in November 2018.
Newcastle Airport Chief Executive Peter Cock said he was buoyed by the public’s response and the way staff had managed the new international capacity.
“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,” Newcastle Airport Chief Executive, Dr Peter Cock, said.
“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.”
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.
This three-hour flight departs Newcastle every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday from 7:30pm.
Flights between Newcastle and Auckland are on sale now.
Visit newcastleairport.com.au for more information.