Virgin Australia has revealed plans to completely shake up its trans-Tasman services after calling it quits on its seven-year codeshare arrangement with Air New Zealand.

As part of the carrier’s new plans, it will increase flights between Australia and New Zealand, while also adding new routes.

Commencing 28 October 2018, the carrier will launch five flights per week between Sydney and Wellington, along with four flights per week between Melbourne and Queenstown.


Travellers from Melbourne can look forward to flying in the airline’s new ‘The Business’ class, as it’s introduced on services to Queenstown.

Virgin Australia will also increase its Auckland-Sydney service to triple daily on weekdays and double daily on weekends, it’s Auckland-Melbourne flights to double daily, and its Auckland-Brisbane flights to two services per day and up to three on peak days.

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Meanwhile, there’ll be a reduction in flights between Christchurch and Melbourne from 11 flights per week to a daily service, and Brisbane-Wellington from up to 14 services per week to nine.

According to Virgin Australia Airlines Group Executive, Rob Sharp, the carrier is ‘upping its game’.

“We have had a strong presence in New Zealand since 2004, and we look forward to bringing more exciting initiatives to this market very soon.”

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