Jetstar returns to pre-Covid capacity in New Zealand

Tailplane of Jetstar A321neo aircraft.
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Jetstar has unveiled plans to revolutionize its New Zealand flying network in 2024, responding to the escalating demand for budget-friendly travel options.

This move involves injecting nearly 150,000 additional seats across domestic and Trans-Tasman routes.

Commencing the boost from March 31, 2024, Jetstar aims to reach 100% of pre-COVID levels for its New Zealand domestic network by mid-year, with the Trans-Tasman network surging almost 40% higher than its 2019 operations.

Domestic Operations


Jetstar’s increased frequency on popular domestic New Zealand routes is a follows:

  • Auckland to Christchurch: Up to 39 return services per week
  • Auckland to Wellington: Up to 30 return services per week
  • Auckland to Queenstown: Up to 21 return services per week
  • Auckland to Dunedin: Up to 7 return services per week
  • Christchurch to Wellington: Up to 14 return services per week

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International Operations


The international front will similarly receive a frequency boost, with added flights on key routes:

  • Auckland to Melbourne: Up to 13 return services per week
  • Auckland to Gold Coast: Up to 13 return services per week
  • Auckland to Brisbane: Up to 11 return services per week
  • Auckland to Sydney: Up to 9 return services per week
  • Christchurch to Melbourne: Up to 5 return services per week

Jetstar has positioned these changes to meet the rising demand for travel, offering a wider range of options for travelers.

A Jetstar A320 takes off.
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Jetstar Comments


Jetstar’s Head of New Zealand, Shelley Musk, expressed the significance of this capacity boost, highlighting the company’s dedication to meeting the evolving needs of Kiwi travelers.

“This significant capacity boost comes off the back of increased demand across our domestic and international networks this year, as Kiwis seek out more choice and affordable travel options,” Ms. Musk said.

“As we head into 2024, we’re committed to continuing to improve our operations and to be the low fares leader that New Zealanders can rely on.”

A Jetstar Airbus A320 passes overhead.
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Christmas Cheer


The timing of this capacity expansion aligns with Jetstar’s preparations for its busiest Christmas and New Year peak in New Zealand since 2019.

With expectations of over 180,000 passengers, a five percent increase from the previous year, Jetstar is poised for a festive season to remember.

The pinnacle of travel is anticipated on Saturday, December 23, as holidaymakers embark on their journeys.

Notably, the Auckland to Christchurch route tops the charts for the most popular domestic travel, while Auckland to Gold Coast claims the crown for the most sought-after Trans-Tasman route.

Performance Stats


Jetstar enters this bustling holiday season with impressive statistics. Achieving an on-time performance of 81.9% in New Zealand in November, the airline marked its best result for the year.

Additionally, the New Zealand domestic cancellation rate dropped to a commendable 1.1% – a record low for 2023.

The Trans-Tasman network also demonstrated improved reliability, boasting an on-time performance of 77.8% in November, the strongest month since the onset of COVID.

With a cancellation rate of 2.7%, Jetstar is positioned as a reliable choice for travelers seeking punctuality and consistency.

As part of its ongoing efforts to enhance reliability, Jetstar has bolstered its team, recruiting over 120 frontline members in the past 12 months.

This, coupled with standby staff and the availability of spare aircraft during unplanned disruptions, underscores Jetstar’s commitment to ensuring a seamless travel experience.

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