The bridge across the ditch is set to strengthen, with the announcement of more flights between the Gold Coast and New Zealand.
Around 100 additional flights will be added to Air New Zealand’s schedule from March next year, with services between Gold Coast and Auckland increased to daily.
There will also be up to nine services in total per week during peak school holiday periods in April, July and October.
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It’s the second time Air New Zealand has increased services between the coast and New Zealand this year – the last announcement was made in February.
Queensland Airports Limited CEO Chris Mills it shows a huge vote of confidence in the city.
“Moving to a daily service, and more during peak times, shows the connection between New Zealand and the Gold Coast region is only growing stronger.
“New Zealand continues to be the number one international market for Gold Coast Airport, so it is great to see Air New Zealand responding to the demand,” Mr Mills said.
The flights could bring around 10,000 extra tourists our way per year, along with millions of dollars for the Gold Coast economy.
New Zealand is the number one international market for Gold Coast Airport, with more than 550,000 people travelling between the Gold Coast and New Zealand over the past year.
Destination Gold Coast CEO Annaliese Battista hopes the extra flights will support peak travel periods for Kiwis keen to reconnect with Australia’s favourite playground.
“Increased services will see fares remain competitive and affordable, which remain central to safeguarding Gold Coast as a top of mind holiday destination for our Tasman neighbours.
“Kiwis just can’t get enough of our pristine beaches, warm weather, theme parks, family-centric experiences and natural attractions,” Ms Battista said.