November 3, 2022 | By Bronwen Largier

Yesterday Virgin Australia’s first flight across the Tasman in nearly 1,000 days touched down in Queenstown, creating another aviation link between Australia and New Zealand.

Daily flights between Sydney and Brisbane and Queenstown began yesterday, with flights between Melbourne and Queenstown to run four times a week from today.

“Today is a significant day for Virgin Australia with our first New Zealand flight in over two years,” said Virgin Australia group CEO Jayne Hrdlicka yesterday.

“Australians and New Zealanders have a close bond and we are proud to be creating a new gateway between the countries for friends and family to visit each other, businesses to flourish and holiday-makers to seek adventure with more choice and great value airfares.”

After going into voluntary administration early in the pandemic before being bought by American investment firm Bain Capital, Virgin Australia has been expanding its international network again in 2022, restarting flights to Bali and Fiji and announcing its intention to fly between Australia and Vanuatu and Samoa.