A new daily service between Auckland and Sydney courtesy of airliner Jetstar is due to be launched today (Thursday, April 29th).
Cheap flights from Auckland to the Gold Coast will also be offered on a daily basis, meaning an extra 258,000 seats will be provided for passengers looking to travel between Australia and Auckland every year.
However, Auckland Airport chief executive Simon Moutter believes passengers will not be the only ones to benefit from the cheap flights.
"The arrival of another international carrier to Auckland is giving more travellers more choice, helping to grow tourism and trade, and even creating jobs and economic growth for New Zealand," he commented.
Quantas announced earlier this month that the Air Traffic Rights Committee had given the go-ahead for it to offer cheap flights to Penang and Langkawi in Malaysia.
Cheap flights to Kuala Lumpur, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu are already offered by the airline.