Jetstar Airways (JQ) are temporarily reducing the frequency of some regional routes between July and October 2017, according to data available through their reservation system. Starting late July, services between Auckland and New Plymouth are being cut from 20 flights per week to 14, Auckland and Palmerston North from 27 to 22 and Wellington to Nelson sees a reduction from 3 daily services to 2.

A spokesperson told TravelTalk that following a review of customer demand Jetstar is reducing regional capacity on a seasonal basis over three months.

"Like all airlines, from time to time Jetstar adjusts its schedule to match flights with customer demand.  We’ve reduced some of our regional flying between mid-July and the end of October to align capacity with seasonal demand in quieter travel months."

Jetstar has operated its full regional schedule of 244 flights a week for the past 16 months (since March 2016) without any seasonal adjustments.

Customers have been transferred to alternative services on the same day as their original booking. If the alternative service isn’t suitable, customers can contact Jetstar or their travel agent for a full refund.

Regional Jetstar flights are operated by Eastern Australia Airlines using Bombardier Q300 aircraft.