Jetstar has announced plans to start flying to regional destinations in New Zealand from later this year.
Jetstar, which is owned by Qantas, made the announcement on Thursday afternoon.
A fleet of five 50-seat Bombardier Q300 turbo-prop aircraft will fly to at least four regional destinations initially.
Those under consideration are Hamilton, Rotorua, New Plymouth, Napier, Palmerston North, Nelson and Invercargill. Jetstar has also launched a social media campaign asking customers which regions they most want serviced.
Regional fares will go on sale in September with the first flights taking off in early December.
Alan Joyce, chief executive of Jetstar’s parent company Qantas, said the low-cost carrier had completely transformed the market when it began flying domestically in New Zealand six years ago.
He said. “The community has been calling out for more choice and lower fares on regional routes in New Zealand because there’s a lack of competition.”