Qantas Announces Extra Services for Queenstown Ski Season

15th Jun 2016 Travel News New Zealand Holiday Destinations

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Winter is coming. So are extra Qantas services to Queenstown.

If you live in the southern states you’re probably already in the grips of winter’s icy fingers. While some people like to chase the sun and jet off somewhere warm and tropical to escape the falling temperatures, others embrace them and head for the snow fields to get their ski on.

While there is some excellent skiing to be had in Australia, more and more we seem to be heading across the ditch to ski the slopes of our cuzzies over in Queenstown. Thanks to Qantas, this just got a whole lot easier.

Over the weekend, Queenstown’s top ski resorts kicked off with some great news – Qantas is adding more seats with more services to the destination this winter. Following strong demand, the ‘Flying Kangaroo’ has announced it will add an extra 13 services between Sydney and Queenstown in July and August.

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This year Coronet Peak is boasting good ski conditions which have attracted strong numbers this ski season including 100 people who arrived on 11 June – official opening day. The extra Qantas services will operate on select weekdays, meaning the carrier will run twice-daily flights on these selected dates. On all other weekdays, Qantas will continue to offer its daily service.

Saturday 6 and Saturday 13 August are the most popular dates to travel so Qantas will also add a second daily flight, adding to the existing twice-daily services operating in July. These new flights will depart Sydney at 7.10am, arriving in Queenstown at 12.15pm. The return journey will depart Queenstown at 1.20pm and arrive back in Sydney at 2.35pm.

In other Qantas news, the airline also revealed that it has completed a $500 million share buy-back of 143,599,336 shares. The announcement was made earlier this year as part of the airline’s half yearly results.