From the 22nd November to 17 February 2019 Virgin Australia will operate three return services per week during the peak holiday period, creating a
gateway to the rest of New Zealand as well as the Greater Hunter Region.
Virgin Australia, Newcastle Airport and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack MP, announced that for
the first time in 16 years, travellers will be able to fly directly between Newcastle and Auckland. The new flights will make Virgin Australia
the first airline to provide an international service from the upgraded Newcastle Airport terminal.
Mr McCormack said Newcastle Airport is a major gateway into New South Wales and now plays an important role in global connectivity by facilitating travel
and tourism opportunities between Australia and New Zealand.
“Importantly, these flights will help drive regional tourism growth and dispersal of visitors to Australia’s most popular tourism destinations,” Mr McCormack
“New Zealand and Australia remain strong reciprocal tourism markets, with some 2.845 million travellers moving between the two destinations each year.
“Virgin Australia will be providing 13,000 additional seats across the busy holiday season,” Mr McCormack added.
Newcastle Airport CEO, Dr Peter Cock said, “Newcastle Airport is delighted to be working in partnership with Virgin Australia to provide our region
with the international connectivity it deserves. Community support for direct international services has been extremely strong. New Zealand is
our number one unserved market, so it is fitting that the first flight through our new international facilities will be servicing Auckland,
“This seasonal flight is a huge step forward in becoming a second international gateway into NSW. We express our gratitude to our shareholders and
local, state and federal government stakeholders for supporting our vision to deliver the Airport the region deserves."
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