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Jetstar flies 1m domestic passengers

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.

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First and last time with jetstar. Rather pay sae or littlebit more and arrive on time with friendly service. Choose pacific blue anytime. At least their crew are happy to provide the service.

Didn't expect much, didn't get much either. But did get me from A to B and for a lot less than Air NZ. Booked last minute for a family illness and was still cheap. It may be more like a bus service, but that's all I'm after for the price.

Flew with them yesterday - Queenstown Auckland. New A320 Airbus, clean, adequate service and absolutely punctual. Pacific Blue also fine, but aircraft old and tired.

id rather pay the extra money for a pacific blue flight. Jetstars bad aenough in australia so bad in nz. go pacific blue!

Jetstar Isn't an airline i would recommend.They will get you from A-B but with a catch most of the time eg: Aircraft being delayed... Cancelled....On the other Hand Pacific blue has great service like air new Zealand or better,they have great prices,they give you choice, their aircrafts are fairly new only 4 years old compared to Air new Zealand's 13+ year old 737-300's .And Pacific blue has the best on time performance. Pacific blues fares dont have the hidden $4 credit card fee that Jetstar charges also.And we must support Pacific blue as there the only airline in NZ that will expand to more destinations like we have seen,Queenstown,Hamilton,Dunedin..There New E190 100 seater jet which is capable of flying into regional airports like Palmy,Dunedin,Nelson,Invercargill,Napier,New plymouth...All the best Pacific blue