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There will direct flights between the Hunter and Auckland for the next three years.

Newcastle Airport and Virgin Australia announced the partnership last week.

The airport’s chief executive, Dr Peter Cock, said he was thrilled to provide “some clarity and certainty around these flights” on the back of last year’s success.

“The first season was a real success, delivering an estimated $5.4 million in economic benefit into our region,” he said.
“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.

Flights between Newcastle and Auckland are available now, with launch sale fares starting from AUD$179 one-way, including checked baggage.

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