Newcastle Airport has its sights set on a resumption of services to Auckland this year, hopefully for an extended season and probably with a new carrier.
NTL-AKL services were successfully launched for the 2018-19 summer and then showed further growth in the 2019-20 summer before being disrupted by Covid last summer.
Stephen Crowe, executive manager corporate affairs with Newcastle Airport, says the early experience proved a trans Tasman service to and from the region is ‘more than sustainable’ and discussions with airlines are ongoing.
Virgin Australia and Newcastle Airport partnered to take nine key corporate travel agents and incentive operators to Newcastle recently.
More trade education around what clients can do in Newcastle, New South Wales is critical if agents are to maximise the opportunities of the new Virgin Australia flight between the city and Auckland, according to delegates at a major travel expo this week.
While the city is regarded as an ideal gateway to the tourism areas of Hunter Valley and Port Stephens, city representatives at the Pacific Area Incentives & Conferences Expo (PAICE 2018) on Tuesday emphasised that Newcastle itself has an array of attractions.