Qantas flights welcomed back to Wellington

23 May 2022

Wellington Airport has welcomed the return of Qantas flights on Monday 23 May as another big step in reconnecting Wellington with the world.

Qantas will be operating 10 return flights per week to Sydney and five to Melbourne.

“Qantas’ commitment of 5,200 weekly trans-Tasman seats is a massive step forward for Wellington,” says chief executive Matt Clarke.

“It’s exciting for travellers, for families and friends who have been missing each other, and mission critical for Wellington’s tourism and business community.”

Pre-Covid, international tourists spent more than $900m in the region per year with Australian residents making up 70% of international visitors.

“Airlines are facing challenges in ramping up their capacity around the world, so it’s great to see Qantas choosing to re-connect with Wellington so strongly.”

Carriers have been quick to add new capacity into Australia meaning there are now many connecting options for travellers via Sydney and Melbourne. 

Looking ahead, Jetstar is restarting a direct route from Wellington to the Gold Coast on 1 June operating three return flights per week, and Air New Zealand resumes its seasonal direct flights to Fiji in July.

International airlines will be operating around 15,000 seats per week at Wellington by July which is more than sixty percent of 2019 levels.

Wellington International Scheduled Return Flights per Week, July 2022 (as at May 2022)

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