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Queensland Focus for Pacific Blue's Northern Winter Schedule

17/05/2010

Monday 17 May 2010: Pacific Blue will be increasing direct flights to Brisbane from both Hamilton and Dunedin when it introduces its northern winter schedule later this year.

The airline will add one extra weekly flight from Hamilton to Brisbane, taking the total number of weekly flights from three to four. Its Dunedin-Brisbane schedule will also increase by one flight a week from three to four, with an additional flight on a Friday.

When the new schedule begins the airline will no longer offer direct flights from Hamilton to Sydney, adding extra frequency to Brisbane instead.

CEO Mark Pitt said Queensland continued to be one of the airline’s best performing destinations and it was matching supply with demand.

“Both Dunedin and Hamilton markets have shown good support for our direct services to Brisbane and as a result we’re adding an extra weekly flight from both cities.

“While the support for Hamilton-Sydney has also been positive during periods such as school holidays, we have made the decision to focus on a route from Hamilton that is in stronger demand and allows us to provide more frequent services. We will continue to work with Hamilton Airport on new connections and potential seasonal flights.”

Mr Pitt said Pacific Blue offered Hamilton and Dunedin travellers a wide range of one-stop connecting services via Brisbane, including Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.

“Brisbane is a hub for our international services to connect with Virgin Blue’s extensive domestic network in Australia.”

The airline was in the process of finalising all flight times and would publish its detailed northern winter schedule shortly.