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June 19, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

In separate moves, Qantas and Air New Zealand are adjusting their services to some of the most desirable Asia-Pacific destinations, from Asian hubs to a far-flung coral-island country.

The coral isle is Niue in the South Pacific to the east of Tonga; population about 1200. It’s one of the world’s largest coral islands. Annexed by New Zealand in 1901, the island achieved self-government in free association with New Zealand in 1974.

Air New Zealand is rejigging its summer schedule to Niue from 30 October 2018 so flights there from Auckland will operate on Tuesday and Saturday and then return from Niue to Auckland on Friday and Monday. That’s better for tourism. (Currently flights depart from Auckland to Niue on Wednesdays and Saturday and return from Niue to Auckland on Friday and Tuesday.)

Swimmers enjoying the pristine waters of Avatele Beach, Niue

Meanwhile, Qantas is adjusting parts of its Asia-Pacific network. From December 2018, Qantas will operate additional Airbus A330 services on the Sydney-Singapore and Sydney-Jakarta routes to meet the increase in demand.

  • From 14 December, a third Sydney-Singapore service (QF83/84) will be added on Mondays, Fridays and Sundays, subject to government and regulatory approvals. This brings the total Sydney-Singapore services to 17 per week, up from 14 previously.
  • From 13 December, the Sydney-Jakarta services (QF41/42) will increase from five to six weekly, with the additional weekly service operating on Thursdays.

The world’s largest coral atoll is Lifou Island in New Caledonia. The capital of New Caledonia is Noumea, and Qantas will increase its services to Noumea from Sydney from three to four times weekly from 12 December 2018, using B737-800 aircraft. The additional service will operate on Wednesdays.

Commencing 12 December, 2018, Qantas will add an additional service between Sydney and Noumea. Running until March 2019, QF91 will depart Sydney for Noumea at 0845 on Wednesdays, in addition to the airline’s regular Monday, Saturday and Sunday services. With the additional service, and in combination with existing services run by Aircalin, New Caledonia’s international airline, Australians will be able to travel to New Caledonia all seven days of the week.

Noumea, New Caledonia – now even more accessible for Australian travellers

Director of New Caledonia Tourism in Australia, Caroline Brunel, says: “We’re pleased that it will now be even easier for Australians to visit New Caledonia, especially during the busy December-March summer travel period.

“Australian visitation to New Caledonia has climbed by 52.7% in the last four years, and we anticipate that this will increase again in 2019 and beyond as our airline partners increase accessibility to New Caledonia which is under three hours from Sydney.”

With Noumea only two hours from Brisbane, under three hours from Sydney and less than four hours from Melbourne, New Caledonia is fast becoming a destination where travellers can have it all.

The revised Qantas schedules are as follows:

Route Flight No. Aircraft Type Departure Time Arrival Time Days of Week Effective Date
Sydney – Singapore QF83 A330 1530 2045 Mon*, Fri*, Sun* 14 Dec 18
Singapore – Sydney QF84 A330 2210 0915(+1) Mon*, Fri*, Sun* 14 Dec 18
Sydney – Jakarta QF41 A330 1350 1730 Mon, Wed, Thu*, Fri, Sat, Sun 13 Dec 18
Jakarta – Sydney QF42 A330 1900 0615(+1) Mon, Wed, Thu*, Fri, Sat, Sun 13 Dec 18
Sydney – Noumea QF91 B737-800 0845 1140 Mon, Wed*, Sat, Sun 12 Dec 18
Noumea – Sydney QF92 B737-800 1240 1550 Mon, Wed*, Sat, Sun 12 Dec 18

*Additional services

Written by Peter Needham

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