Trans-Tasman alliance partners Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia will introduce night flights today between Queenstown and Australia for the first time.

Virgin Australia will operate night services from Queenstown to Brisbane on Friday and Sunday from today (23 June 2017) while Air New Zealand will operate night services from Queenstown to Sydney on Saturday and Sunday from 1 July 2017.

Air New Zealand Chief Revenue Officer Cam Wallace said: “Air New Zealand introduced the first domestic evening services between Auckland and Queenstown in May 2016, and is pleased to be part of an alliance initiative to now offer customers trans-Tasman night flights.”

Together, Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand will offer 38 return services each week between Australia and Queenstown during the 2017 ski season.

Virgin Australia Airlines Group Executive, John Thomas said: “As the popularity of Queenstown grows, particularly during the ski season, we are excited to be offering even more flexible scheduling options for our guests with these new night time Ski Shuttle services.

“Our new night flights from Queenstown to Brisbane enable Virgin Australia guests to enjoy a full day of skiing or snowboarding before travelling home.”

James Wilkinson

Editor-In-Chief, Hotel Management