The first of Jetstar’s five Q300 aircraft bound for New Zealand operation has been painted up in livery ahead of its regional services launch in December.
Eight destinations are under consideration by Jetstar including Nelson along with Hamilton, Rotorua, Tauranga, Napier, New Plymouth, Palmerston North and Invercargill. Of the eight destinations considered only four will be selected for the airline to run from.
Following their June regional service announcement Jetstar commissioned independent research into support of it’s new services.
Jetstar says the survey shows overwhelming support for the new services with 89 per cent of travelers saying its a good idea, rising to 94 per cent in the regions.
Nearly 95 per cent of regional flyers say Jetstar’s planned new services are a good idea with two out of three travelers believing current regional flights don’t offer value for money.
Sixty eight per cent of regional flyers have driven to another city to catch a domestic flight to save money
Cheaper fares, more competition and more choice were cited as the key reasons travelers supported Jetstar’s regional expansion.
If Nelson is chosen as a Jetstar regional base a total of six airlines will operate out of the Nelson Airport. Currently Air New Zealand, Sounds Air, Air 2 There and, as of Wednesday, Originair operate out of the facility. Kiwi Regional Airlines are set to run from October.