Perth air link boost for tourism


Air New Zealand announced last week that they will launch flights between Christchurch and Perth in December, and Tourism Waitaki are excited about the opportunities the new service could offer the district.

The Air New Zealand flights will operate twice a week from December 3 to April 26, and if they prove popular, they will become permanent.

Christchurch Airport CEO Jim Boult said more than 19 thousand seats over 21 weeks would be an “outstanding boost for Christchurch and the South Island”.

“We know South Islanders want to visit Perth for the warmth and stunning beaches, while Western Australians want to drive around our scenery they see in travel brochures. They also never get snow, so we know they’re keen to come here to ski,” Mr Boult said.

As a result, Tourism Waitaki marketing manager Megan Howell travelled to Perth last week promoting the South to more than 128 Western Australian travel agents.


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