Newcastle Airport have announced a three-year partnership to continue flying direct services between the Hunter and Auckland.

In what is a great sign of confidence in the region, we have formalised an agreement to continue connecting these two harbour cities for at least the next three years,” said Newcastle Airport CEO, Dr Peter Cock.

“On the back of the successes of last year, we are thrilled to provide some clarity and certainty around the longevity of these flights, which cement us as an international airport.

“The first season was a real success, delivering an estimated $5.4 million in economic benefit into our region. Importantly, 38% of holiday travellers were visiting the Hunter for the first time, which indicates this direct service stimulated new demand.

“The service also provided thousands of locals with the opportunity to visit Auckland for the first time. In fact, 30% of Australian leisure travellers made their inaugural visit to the New Zealand city via this direct service.”

“With our international capability now confirmed, we’re strengthening the region’s reputation as a key destination for both domestic and international travels and a second international gateway into NSW,” Dr Cock added.