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Virgin Australia Returns to Queenstown

Virgin Australia is today touching down on New Zealand soil for the first time in nearly 1,000 days, with a huge celebration to mark the airline’s resumed Queenstown flights.

The flights from Brisbane and Sydney will arrive at Queenstown International Airport, creating a new gateway of travel between Australia and New Zealand, ready for adventure seekers and returning friends and family, ahead of the summer holiday season.

To mark the occasion, Virgin Australia has launched 15,000 sale fares from $409 Economy return* in a mammoth five-day sale, offering great value for Australians and New Zealanders wishing to fly across The Ditch. The ‘Return to Queenstown’ sale fares can be booked now at until midnight AEST this Sunday 6 November 2022.

Excited guests on the first flight from Brisbane today were surprised with mini ‘Peace Pavlovas’ ahead of departure – a not-so-subtle nod to the ongoing friendly rift between the countries on the dessert’s origin.

Virgin Australia direct Queenstown, New Zealand flight schedule:

  • Sydney: Daily return flights between Sydney and Queenstown from 2 November 2022.
  • Brisbane: Daily return flights between Brisbane and Queenstown from 2 November 2022.
  • Melbourne: Return fights between Melbourne and Queenstown four times weekly from 3 November 2022, increasing to daily during the peak Christmas holiday period (12 December 2022 – 29 January 2023).

Virgin Australia Group CEO Jayne Hrdlicka said, “Today is a significant day for Virgin Australia with our first New Zealand flight in over two years. 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 holiday-makers to seek adventure with more choice and great value airfares.

“To celebrate this wonderful milestone, we have launched 15,000 Economy sale fares from as low as $409 return until midnight this Sunday, and we encourage everyone thinking about visiting Queenstown to get in quick before the sale ends.

“Value, choice and great service are at the heart of Virgin Australia, and we look forward to bringing these values to Queenstown with our expanded network.

“We are proud to continue growing the Virgin Australia international network which now offers over 500 destinations around the world.  We have the most exceptional international airline partners and they help us deliver the very best and most easily reached global destinations,” she said.

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