Jetstar's first flight out of Nelson will take off into rainy skies today headed for Auckland. The flight is the company's first out of the city since it announced in September it would connect Nelson with Auckland and Wellington. The Wellington flights will begin on February 1.
The routes are part of Jetstar's new regional network which will see low fares for five routes between New Plymouth, Nelson, Napier, Palmerston North, Auckland and Wellington.
To celebrate the new routes Jetstar offered $9 one-way fares for a limited time. Regular one-way lead-in fares between Nelson and Wellington are $45 and between Nelson and Auckland are $49.
Jetstar now take the total number of airlines flying out of Nelson to six, and Nelson Airport chief executive Rob Evans has said that would be good for the customer.
He has said Jetstar's announcement to fly 27 Nelson-Auckland flights and 21 Nelson-Wellington a week was a "game-changer".
Last updated 11:01, December 1 2015