Australian budget airline, Jetstar, in a bid to expand into the New Zealand market sold 30,000 $1 fares, one way on all the domestic routes between Auckland, Christchruch, Wellington and Queenstown, within three hours and had an overwhelming response in New Zealand and Australia.
These special web fares are available for the travel from July 22 to September 22, subject to the availability of seats on selected days and flights, excluding the public and school holidays.
The low cost Qantas shall have 84 services a week between Auckland, Christcurch, Wellington and Queenstown with a fleet of six 177 seat Airbus A320 aircraft.
The first flight shall take off on June 10. Qantas unit Jet Connect shall off load its capacity from the New Zealand domestic market to the Tasman and shall replace its aging Boeing 737-300 and 400 by new Boeing 737-800 planes in about 18 months.
According to the Chief Executive of Qantas Group, Alan Joyce, the changes have been made to cater for the market needs and to have reasonable returns. He informed, "The Qantas Group is performing well in this difficult environment, but we are not immune from the need to address under-performing routes. Group employment levels will increase, however there will be an impact on Qantas jobs in Christchurch and, to a lesser extent, Wellington.''