Air New Zealand touches down at Sunshine Coast Airport

first_imgAir New Zealand touches down at Sunshine Coast AirportAir New Zealand touches down at Sunshine Coast AirportSunshine Coast Air New Zealand flight touched down on Friday morning at Sunshine Coast Airport, bringing the first of thousands of visitors for the season from across the Tasman.In its sixth year of operation, services will be available to and from the Sunshine Coast up to four times per week until October 29, 2017.New Zealand is the number one international visitor market for the Sunshine Coast, with a total of 66,000 New Zealanders visiting the Sunshine Coast in the year ending March 2017, a 5.5% increase on the previous year.Visit Sunshine Coast CEO Simon Latchford said the regional tourism organisation’s investment in New Zealand was really paying off“We are the only Queensland RTO with a representative in Auckland and that presence is allowing us to focus strongly on driving visitation from our number one international market,” Mr Latchford said.“Our recent Sunshine by Lunchtime campaign with Air New Zealand and Tourism Events Queensland was timed specifically to be in market in the chilly month of May and increase sales in the lead up to the flight services commencing today.“The short direct flight is the perfect avenue for a holiday break to warm up our Kiwi friends and encourage them to enjoy the diversity of experiences, events, food and attractions available on the Sunshine Coast.”Sunshine Coast Council Tourism, Sports & Major Events Portfolio Councillor Jason O’Pray said the ongoing commitment by Air New Zealand and trans-Tasman alliance partner Virgin Australia had helped build the Sunshine Coast as a favourite destination for Kiwi visitors.“Our visitor numbers from New Zealand continue to grow each year and this is in no small part due to the direct flights available between Auckland and the Sunshine Coast,” Cr O’Pray said.“It is wonderful to see so many New Zealanders making the Sunshine Coast part of their annual winter getaway.”Welcoming the first passengers this morning, Sunshine Coast Airport General Manager Peter Pallot said the Air New Zealand flights broadened travel horizons for New Zealand residents and Sunshine Coast locals alike.“The flights provide easy access for our New Zealand passengers, allowing them to begin their Sunshine Coast escape the moment they step off the plane,” Mr Pallot saidFast Facts:Air New Zealand Sunshine Coast – Auckland direct flights began in 2012More than 13,500 passengers travelled on the winter services in 2016, a 12% increase on 2015Flights operate between 7 July – 29 October 2017Friday and Sunday flights are available throughout the seasonWednesday flights are available from 12 July to 18 October with additional Monday flights available from 10 to 24 July and 25 September to 9 October 2017Source = Sunshine Coast Airportlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Finnair will introduce

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterFinnair will introduce thrice-weekly flights to Los Angeles, California, effective 31 March 2019 as part of the airline’s continuing growth strategy. The route to Los Angeles will be Finnair’s first US route to be regularly operated with the new Airbus A350 aircraft.Finnair is also making some additions to its summer program for the San Francisco and Chicago route; both routes will begin in April and a fourth frequency will be added for San Francisco as of May. With these changes, Finnair will now offer a daily flight to California during the summer season with the thrice-weekly flight to Los Angeles and the addition of a fourth weekly service to San Francisco.Finnair A350 XWB © Timothee SavoureHelsinki’s geographical location means Finnair’s new northern route to Los Angeles will offer competitive and convenient travel times for customers from Scandinavia, the Baltics, Russia and Northern Germany as well as domestic routes in Finland.“We opened our route to San Francisco two years ago with tremendous success, proving that California and the West Coast are very popular with our customers,” says Juha Järvinen, Chief Commercial Officer at Finnair. “We are confident that this new route to Los Angeles will garner the same level of interest moving forward.”Los Angeles will be Finnair’s fifth US destination, along with New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Miami. The approximate flight times are expected to be 11 hours to LAX and 10 hours and 30 minutes to Helsinki.The new route will be operated within the Atlantic joint business between Finnair, American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia. Currently, the four airlines operate over 100 daily return flights between Europe and North America.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more