In totally unsurprising news, Jetstar has confirmed today that is withdrawing from regional operations in New Zealand at the end of November 2019.
Today’s confirmation follows a shoutout from Jetstar a few weeks ago that they were “proposing” to axe regional operations. Always good to get people ready for bad news I reckon.
Jetstar gives it reasons as continual losses on their regional services, higher operating costs, and a softening of regional travel demand.
It is worth noting that today’s new only affects regional Jetstar flights operated by Dash 8-300s. It does not affect Jetstar’s mainline domestic jet operations in New Zealand. Jetstar’s media release today notes that they will still continue to operate up to 270 jet services a week between Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown, and Dunedin.
The Q300 routes set to end at Auckland-Palmerston North, Auckland-Nelson, Auckland-Napier, Auckland-New Plymouth and Wellington-Nelson.
The airline notes all its staff who wished to stay on have been redeployed and is offering full refunds to passengers booked on flights after 30 November, 2019.