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More than one million passengers have flown domestically on Jetstar in less than a year on top of 1.5 million trans-tasman passengers, which the company says is proof of its success in the competitive New Zealand market.
Its chief executive Bruce Buchanan said it was the equivalent of one in four Kiwis choosing to fly with Jetstar.
“When we launched Jetstar in New Zealand nearly five years ago with trans-tasman services from Christchurch, and then almost a year ago with domestic flights, we promised Kiwis real choice.”
That choice included paying for products and services people wanted to use and a choice of low fares domestically and internationally, he said.
“That so many New Zealanders have already flown Jetstar on our domestic network reinforces how important having that choice is to Kiwis.”
About 900,000 of the 1 million people bought Jetstar flights for less than $100, a third flew for less than $50 and almost 15% for less than $30.
“By making flying a more affordable choice for Kiwis, we’re also extremely proud to have made a very positive contribution to the New Zealand tourism sector and the wider economy.”
Now the second largest airline in the country, Jetstar operates 84 return flights a week between Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington and Queenstown.
Both Christchurch and Auckland airports said Jetstar had helped the domestic airline market and attributed passenger growth to its arrival to New Zealand.
On the trans-tasman routes, more than 1.5 million passengers travelled from Christchurch to Sydney, Melbourne, the Gold Coast and Brisbane and Auckland to Sydney and the Gold Coast.