Return of Air New Zealand to Sunshine Coast unlocks business opportunities

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Rachael Titter, Air New Zealand; Hayley Daffurn, Air New Zealand; Emily Zinowki, Visit Sunshine Coast; Matt Stoeckel, Visit Sunshine Coast; Carl Jones, Sunshine Coast Airport; and Jake Cosmai, Sunshine Coast Airport.

Executives from Visit Sunshine Coast (VSC) and Sunshine Coast Airport were in Auckland for meetings this week with Air New Zealand and major trade partners ahead of the return of direct air services between Auckland and the Sunshine Coast from June 26.

The Air New Zealand services will begin in time for the region’s foodie festivals including The Curated Plate and run through until October.

“We know the Kiwi market has a great affinity with the Sunshine Coast, it’s our biggest international market and we see great potential for it to grow,” said Visit Sunshine Coast CEO Matt Stoeckel.

“We will continue to work with the Air New Zealand team as well as our trade partners to make the most out of the seasonal service and drive extra business to the region.”

Sunshine Coast Airport general manager aviation and commercial Scott Norris said the return of Air New Zealand would unlock business opportunities for the region.

“The trip to Auckland with VSC has been incredible and I am excited to see Air New Zealand touch down at Sunshine Coast Airport again next week,” Norris said.

“Every year we see thousands of New Zealanders choosing to fly directly to the Sunshine Coast, and with more than 17,000 seats available between the two destinations this season, we are expecting big things again in 2024.”