Air New Zealand is moving quickly to add services to Australia following the breakup of its partnership with Virgin Australia.

The New Zealand flag carrier will launch two new routes to Australia and will add frequencies elsewhere, boosting capacity by 15% in the Australia-New Zealand market. The airline had signaled that it would adjust its schedule in this market after telling Virgin last week their alliance would not be renewed in October.

The pair operate a joint venture on routes between the two countries and had authorization to coordinate their schedules. Without having access to the Virgin flights, Air New Zealand has to step up its own flights on certain routes. Air New Zealand currently has about 170 weekly return services between Australia and New Zealand, and Virgin Australia has up to 100.

Air New Zealand’s new routes, scheduled to start in December, will be between Brisbane, Australia and New Zealand cities Wellington and Queenstown. In addition, the carrier will add frequencies on routes from Christchurch, New Zealand to Australian cities in October, giving it double-daily service on certain days to Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. Extra capacity will also be deployed on routes from Auckland to the three largest Australian cities.

In addition, Air New Zealand said all of its customers traveling on Virgin Australia-operated flights after Oct. 27 will be rebooked on Air New Zealand aircraft. More details are expected to be announced regarding aspects such as frequent flyer programs and lounge access.

Adrian Schofield, avweekscho@gmail.com