Auckland Airport (AKL), which is located 21 km (13 miles) south of downtown, is the busiest airport in New Zealand. It serves as a hub for Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia, and a mini-hub for Jetstar Airways. Travelers from Auckland can fly non-stop to destinations across New Zealand, as well as cities in Australia, Asia, Europe, North America and South America.
The most popular domestic destinations from Auckland are Christchurch (Air New Zealand and Jetstar), Wellington (Air New Zealand and Jetstar), Queenstown (Air New Zealand and Jetstar) and Dunedin (Air New Zealand and Jetstar).
The most popular international destinations are Sydney (Air New Zealand, China Airlines, Emirates, Jetstar, LAN Airlines, Qantas and Virgin Australia), Melbourne (Air New Zealand, Emirates, Jetstar, Qantas and Virgin Australia), Brisbane (Air New Zealand, China Airlines, Emirates, Qantas and Virgin Australia) and Gold Coast (Air New Zealand, Jetstar and Virgin Australia).
Whether you’re flying to London or Rarotonga, Bangkok or Sydney, Los Angeles or Christchurch, here are some tips for finding inexpensive airfares. First, be flexible about your travel dates and travel times. Next, start your search for cheap flights as early as possible. Airfares typically increase as the date of travel approaches. Finally, you’re likely to find inexpensive flights if a low-cost carrier (such as Jetstar Airways) also flies on the same route. Full-service carriers will often match the budget airline’s airfare on identical routes.