Air New Zealand is set to increase capacity into and out of Tauranga, with extra flights to operate between the city and both Auckland and Wellington.
The airline will operate an additional 10 one-way services a week between Tauranga and Auckland from April next year.
The additional flights will depart Auckland at 9.15am and return from Tauranga at 10.25am Monday-Friday.
A further 10 one-way services will also operate each week between Wellington and Tauranga from April 2019.
The Sunday-Thursday service will depart Wellington at 5pm and return to the capital from Tauranga at 6.45pm.
Air New Zealand head of regional affairs says Reuben Levermore demand for services into and out of Tauranga continues to strengthen.
“We’re pleased to be able to boost capacity by adding additional services using our 68-seat ATR aircraft on both our Auckland-Tauranga and Wellington-Tauranga routes to meet this demand. We’re also looking forward to opening our new Air New Zealand Regional Lounge at Tauranga Airport next month to cater for travellers out of the city.
“We’re committed to continuing to support the growth of tourism in Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty and this includes working closely with stakeholders in the region – such as the airport, council, Tauranga Chamber of Commerce, economic development agency Priority One and Tourism Bay of Plenty.”
Tauranga Mayor Greg Brownless has welcomed the news.
“The additional flights will provide more choices for locals, business travellers and tourists alike. They also reinforce the decision to renovate and extend the airport building and infrastructure to cater for growing air travel demand well into the future.”
The additional services are available at www.airnz.co.nz