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The Aussies are coming back to Queenstown.

After 330 days without a scheduled international arrival at Queenstown Airport, the first flight from Sydney, QF121, is scheduled to touch down at 2.30pm on Monday.

Queenstown Airport CEO Glen Sowry is stoked to welcome Aussies back to the region.

visit the lower South Island and that our airport community and local businesses are even more excited to welcome them back. Monday marks an important step in not only the airport’s recovery but the region’s recovery after an incredibly challenging two years.

Qantas will be the first airline to fly the transtasman route.

Jetstar will follow on June 2, and Air New Zealand on June 24.

their transtasman services to Queenstown in November.

Mr Sowry said during peak days in mid-July, QAC expected up to 57 flights (arrivals and departures), with about one third of those transtasman.

“Prior to Covid, 30% of all passenger arrivals and departures at Queenstown Airport were from transtasman flights so Aussies are an important part of our visitor mix.

“For the coming winter, airlines have scheduled capacity at about 75% their pre-Covid levels, and they will be monitoring demand going forward.”