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Thu, 2 Aug, 2018Danielle McCarthy

Good news for flyers: Big change coming to this airline

Good news for flyers: Big change coming to this airline

Despite many travellers having a negative outlook on jetting across the world, one airline carrier has announced its new plan to make flying a comfortable experience for its passengers.

Virgin Australia has announced this week that it will be bringing back freebies on all of its flights to New Zealand.

The freebies include being the only carrier to offer Wi-Fi on all flights from Australia to Auckland, Christchurch, Queenstown, Wellington and Dunedin, from October 28.

Passengers who travel to New Zealand with Virgin Australia will also receive a “substantial meal and drink” for free during the flight.

Every fare type will also include at least 23kg of baggage.

Virgin Australia Airlines group executive Rob Sharp said: “Last year, 1.5 million Australians flew to New Zealand and we’re looking forward to making their trip across the ditch even more enjoyable with a meal and drink as well as Wi-Fi so they can keep connected while in the sky.”

Mr Sharp said the route to New Zealand was a focus for the airline.

"We’re committed to expanding our presence in New Zealand with new services including flights from Sydney to Wellington; Melbourne to Queenstown; and Newcastle to Auckland as well as extra flights to Auckland, all of which commence in the next couple of months.”

Velocity Frequent Flyers can also look forward to new benefits, such as earning more points for short international flights.

“For the first time, Velocity members will earn points per dollar spent for short haul international destinations, rather than based on the distance travelled,” Velocity Frequent Flyer CEO Karl Schuster said.

From October 28, Velocity members will receive a minimum of five points per dollar spent on fares from New Zealand.

“Members will earn more Velocity Points when travelling to these destinations and we believe our points offer for New Zealand flights is one of the best,” Mr Schuster said.

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