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Air NZ launches $29 Akld-Wgtn fare

Air New Zealand has launched a new low-cost service, offering $29 seats on the last flights of the day between Auckland and Wellington.

The "Night Rider" fares will be available for all 133 seats on the Boeing 737 flights leaving Auckland at 9pm and returning from Wellington at 10.30pm from Sunday to Friday, the company announced on Friday.

Ticket went on sale for the no-frills service, which will start on November 5.

A seat and a bag will cost $39 one way.

Air NZ chief executive Rob Fyfe says the service is part of a wider strategy to stimulate more people to fly.

It will also help to meet growing demand on the Auckland to Wellington route.

"Customers will now be able to fly between Auckland and Wellington for less than the cost of a third of a tank of petrol for the average family car," he says.

However, it will not offer the usual in-flight drinks and snacks and passengers can't use the Koru Lounge before take off.

Last month, rival airline Jetstar started offering more flights between Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, with some Auckland-Wellington fares for as low as $35.