Jetstar is pulling the pin on regional services throughout New Zealand

travel 25/09/2019

According to multiple news sources, Jetstar has announced that it is axing it's regional services throughout New Zealand.

The changes will be effective from the end of November.

The routes being cancelled are between Auckland and Nelson, Napier, New Plymouth and Palmerston North, as well as Nelson and Wellington.

Customers booked on regional services after November 30 will be offered options including a full refund.

Jetstar's services between NZ's main centres, as well as its international routes, are not affected.

Jetstar CEO Gareth Evans said the decision came about due to an increase in costs and a drop in demand.

"We understand there will be disappointment in regional centres at today's announcement," he said.

"The New Zealand regional market is facing some headwinds, with softer demand and higher fuel costs and we don't see the outlook changing any time soon.

"We have given it a real go. However, despite four years of hard work - including becoming the most on-time of the two major regional airlines and having high customer satisfaction - our regional network continues to be loss-making."

Jetstar will continue to operate its domestic jet services between Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin and Queenstown, as well as its Trans-Tasman and pacific services.

It has been reported that the 70 staff affected will all be offered positions within Jetstar, or within the wider Qantas group.