Virgin Australia resumes flights to New Zealand

VA's resumption of flights to Queenstown is its first New Zealand service in almost 1,000 days.

VIRGIN Australia has touched down in New Zealand for the first time in nearly 1,000 days – and is launching a “mammoth” sale to celebrate.

VA is once again saying “kia ora” to New Zealand, today resuming its flights to Queenstown, to where the airline will operate daily from Sydney and Brisbane, and four times weekly from Melbourne.

Guests travelling on the inaugural resumption flight from Brisbane were treated to pre-departure “Peace Pavlovas” ahead of take-off to the resort town.

Virgin Australia Group Chief Executive Officer Jayne Hrdlicka said today’s announcement marks an exciting day for VA and its guests, as the airline’s network expansion continues.

“We are proud to continue growing the Virgin Australia international network which now offers over 500 destinations around the world,” she said.

“We have the most exceptional international airline partners and they help us deliver the very best and most easily reached global destinations.

“Australians and New Zealanders have a close bond and we are proud to be creating a new gateway between the countries for friends and family to visit each other, businesses to flourish and holidaymakers to seek adventure with more choice and great value airfares.”

To celebrate, Virgin has launched its “Return to Queenstown” sale with 15,000 one-way Economy fares from $409 return.

Seats are on sale now at until midnight AEST Sunday.

Virgin has continued to expand its international network over recent months, with the recommencement of services to Fiji and Bali, including the announcement of a new direct services from the Gold Coast.

VA has also announced direct services to Vanuatu and Samoa, as well as strategic airline partnerships with Qatar Airways and United Airlines.

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