Christchurch is the destination de jour as Qantas increases more flights to the South Island city in New Zealand.

From late October this year, Qantas will add more than 75,000 additional seats to the routes over 12 months, compared to its current schedule. Flights from Brisbane will increase from daily to between 10 to 12 per week and flights from Melbourne will increase from daily to 12 per week over December and January and continue with 10 to 12 per week through winter 2025.

This is great news for skiers and snowboarders wanting to take the Snow Highway, spend a few days in Christchurch then road trip through Mt Hutt and Methven, Mt Cook, Tekapo, Mt Dobson and more, finishing up in Queenstown.

Christchurch Airport chief executive Justin Watson says the Qantas decision to increase flights is a response to strong demand, and a vote of confidence in Christchurch and the South Island.

“Every time a plane touches down on our runway, it brings in valuable international visitors that benefit our communities and businesses.

“This support means Qantas’ Christchurch routes will soon have 500,000 seats each year and our growth will continue. It’s great news,” he says.

Qantas already flies 14 flights per week to Sydney and additionally offers daily seats to Sydney on its alliance partner, Emirates.

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