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Virgin to introduce international flights from Newcastle

For the first time in 16 years, you’ll be able to fly directly between Newcastle and Auckland!

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Virgin Australia will be the first airline to provide the international service from the newly upgraded Newcastle Airport terminal.

The airline will operate three return services per week during the peak holiday period from 22 November 2018 to 17 February 2019, creating a gateway to the rest of New Zealand as well as the Greater Hunter Region.

“Virgin Australia is proud to provide the regional New South Wales community with increased travel choices and convenience, and a much more seamless international travel experience,” Virgin Australia General Manager, Network, Revenue and Alliances, Russell Shaw, said.

“With this direct flight, local residents will arrive in Auckland within three hours, ensuring they have more time to enjoy the breath-taking sights and incredible experiences New Zealand is famous for.

“The Greater Hunter Region will also benefit from increased tourism opportunities, with New Zealanders now able to travel direct to Newcastle and explore the region and all it has to offer including wineries, restaurants and the pristine beaches,”

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Newcastle Airport CEO, Dr Peter Cock added: “New Zealand is our number one unserved market, so it is fitting that the first flight through our new international facilities will be servicing Auckland.

“This seasonal flight is a huge step forward in becoming a second international gateway into NSW.  We express our gratitude to our shareholders and local, state and federal government stakeholders for supporting our vision to deliver the Airport the region deserves.”

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