Touchdown! Qantas lands first after-dark flight into ZQN
01 Jul 2017
It was a momentous occasion as Qantas landed its first after-dark flight into Queenstown tonight (1 July 2017) after gaining regulatory approval last month.
QF181 from Sydney landed at 6pm and left at 7.15am on Sunday - the resort's first overnight international flight.
Queenstown Airport Chief Executive Colin Keel said he was delighted Australia's national carrier had expanded its Sydney service to include after-dark flights to Queenstown during the busy winter season.
"It was great moment for us to welcome Qantas for the first time at night. It's a shame we couldn't have put on better weather for the occasion but hopefully those on board will enjoy the new snow it's brought to the ski fields!
"The new early morning Sydney service on Sundays is also a first for us and will provide locals and travellers with more flexibility to either fly direct or make long haul connections via Sydney earlier in the day."
Qantas will add two additional flights per week on its Sydney–Queenstown route during the July/August ski season peak. The increase is a result of the higher than expected demand, and lifts Qantas’ total capacity from eight to 10 flights per week over the winter period.
During the month of August, the additional services will arrive in Queenstown on Thursday and Saturday evenings, and depart early the next morning (a first for Qantas in Queenstown). The early arrival of these flights back in Sydney presents good connection opportunities to the rest of the Qantas international network.