Qantas will cancel some daily services to Auckland from Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide as part of a revised schedule that will see a reduction of 16 Qantas mainline services on the route during the low season, with Jetstar picking up seven of them.
Qantas mainline will reduce its services from 98 weekly return services during the peak season to 82, a reduction of 5,500 seats, including daily Melbourne-Auckland and Sydney-Auckland services, while Jetstar will increase its weekly Trans-Tasman services to 51.
“As part of our transformation program, Qantas is becoming more dynamic and more flexible in responding to market conditions,’’ Qantas International chief executive Simon Hickey said. “This has seen us take advantage of seasonal opportunities, like the Perth to Auckland service we started last summer. On the flip side, we’ll reduce flights at times of the year when demand naturally drops back.”
The mainline changes will take effect from October 26.
Jetstar meanwhile will axe its three-times-a-week Adelaide-Auckland service from August 24, but will add six additional Auckland-Melbourne services a week, and a weekly Auckland-Sydney flight. Adelaide passengers will be required to travel via Melbourne or Sydney.