IN BRIEF | Qantas will ramp up flights to Christchurch later this year as part of a trans-Tasman push.
Flights between Brisbane and Christchurch will move to a daily service as of October 30, up from the current three days a week.
A daily Melbourne-Christchurch service will start from December 4 with QF133 departing Melbourne at 11.45pm to land in Christchurch at 5.50am the next day, while the QF132 rebound will be wheels-up at 8.05pm for a 10pm arrival into Melbourne.
Another change on the way: as of October 30 the airline's Papua New Guinea flights will shift from Cairns-Port Moresby to Brisbane-Port Moresby "in order to better serve the business market."
The daily Brisbane-Port Moresby flights will run on a Boeing 737-800 instead of the smaller Bombardier Q400 which currently operates twice-daily out of Cairns.
Qantas and Air Niugini will continue codesharing across all Australia-PNG routes.
Qantas will also tick up some summer flights to Asia to cater for seasonal demand, including
- Perth-Singapore becomes double daily (up from 10 per week) between December 12 and February 6
- Sydney-Manila moves from five to six days per week between December 15 and January 19
- Seasonal Sydney-Denpasar flights resume five times a week from December 14 to February 5
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