Pacific Blue confirmed (31-Aug-09) plans to launch Sydney-Hamilton service on 31-Aug-09. The carrier also plans to launch Brisbane-Dunedin service on 03-Sep-09 and Sydney-Queenstown and Brisbane-Hamilton service on 05-Sep-09 - see Route Changes Table for more information. [more]
Pacific Blue's new services from Sydney/Brisbane to Hamilton/Queenstown/Dunedin
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