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Australia’s national carrier, Qantas, is set to boost services between Sydney and Queenstown during the peak ski season and Easter school holidays.

The additional services will commence on April 7 and finish on October 24 with two extra services per week over the Easter period and daily flights from July 4. The airline currently operates three flights per week between Sydney and Queenstown, adding the additional services to support demand throughout Queenstown’s busy winter months.

Queenstown Airport Corporation (QAC) CEO Scott Paterson says it’s very positive news for the region’s tourism.

“Sydney is an important gateway for us for short haul travel and the new Qantas-Emirates alliance provides even greater reach, making us easily accessible to the world.

“We know that Queenstown is a very desirable destination for Australians and we’ve seen stellar month-on-month passenger growth on our trans-Tasman routes over the past years.

“We’ll be working closely with Qantas to maximize this opportunity and to make these daily flights become permanent,” he says.

In January, Queenstown Airport reported its busiest year on record for 2013, largely due to trans-Tasman passenger growth, which jumped 31 per cent, from 215,300 to 281,761 in a year.