Air New Zealand will begin scheduled passenger flights direct to and from Sunshine Coast Airport this winter, marking the first-ever international scheduled passenger flights in and out of the airport. Two flights a week to and from Auckland will commence on a seasonal trial, connecting with scheduled flights to Los Angeles, San Francisco and other northern US cities. The initial seasonal service will run from 1 July to 18 September 2012. Air New Zealand’s new direct service between the Sunshine Coast and Auckland will operate twice a week on Tuesdays and Sundays utilising an A320 aircraft offering Air New Zealand’s popular ‘Seats to Suit’ fare structure. Sunshine Coast Destination CEO, Steve Cooper has welcomed Air New Zealand to the Sunshine Coast, describing the new flights as a massive confidence boost for the region and an economic shot in the arm for local tourism operators. “With Air New Zealand’s decision to trial two scheduled direct flights a week starting mid-year, the tourism industry and all those who support it have an incredible opportunity to grow their share of this important market and then some. “New Zealand is the number one international market for the Sunshine Coast, accounting for 30% of its international visitors. “It is estimated these seasonal flights will add another 50,000 new room nights and an expected $1.5million cash injection over the winter months. Connecting with American flights out of Auckland will also present opportunities for growth. The new service is a result of a partnership between Air New Zealand, Sunshine Coast Airport, Auckland Airport, Sunshine Coast Destination Limited and Tourism Queensland. For more information or to book visit: www.airnewzealand.com.au
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