All you need to know about flights to Melbourne for the Cricket World Cup final

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VIRGIN AUSTRALIA:

Virgin Australia is pleased to offer ten extra trans-Tasman flights to meet the increased demand between New Zealand and Melbourne for the Cricket World Cup final. The extra flights depart from Auckland and Christchurch and are on sale now for Black Caps …Virgin Australia Provides Ten Extra Flights for Cricket World Cup Final

Comment from a Virgin Australia spokesperson:

Virgin Australia is pleased to offer ten extra trans-Tasman flights to meet the increased demand between New Zealand and Melbourne for the Cricket World Cup final. The extra flights depart from Auckland and Christchurch and are on sale now for Black Caps fans who want to be in Melbourne to support their team.

27-Mar-15 VA 150 10:45 16:25 Melbourne – Auckland
27-Mar-15 VA 151 17:30 19:40 Auckland – Melbourne
28-Mar-15 VA 150 10:45 16:25 Melbourne – Auckland
28-Mar-15 VA 151 17:30 19:40 Auckland – Melbourne
30-Mar-15 VA 148 7:30 13:10 Melbourne – Auckland
30-Mar-15 VA 151 14:00 16:40 Auckland – Melbourne
30-Mar-15 VA 98 14:30 20:00 Melbourne – Christchurch
30-Mar-15 VA 101 20:45 22:35 Christchurch – Melbourne
30-Mar-15 VA 136 17:00 22:40 Melbourne – Auckland
30-Mar-15 VA 137 23:30 1:40 Auckland – Melbourne

AIR NEW ZEALAND:

Air New Zealand will operate a Boeing 777-200 charter service between Auckland and Melbourne this weekend offering more than 300 additional seats in each direction for fans keen to get to Sunday’s cricket final.

The first chartered service will depart Auckland on Sunday at 8:30am, arriving in Melbourne at 10:30am. The return service on Monday will depart Melbourne at 2:00am, arriving back in Auckland at 7:30am.

The airline yesterday added additional services from Auckland to Melbourne this Saturday and from Melbourne to Auckland on Monday 30 March. These additional flights proved hugely popular, selling out in only an hour.

Return fares on the charter service will be offered for a special price of $991 (inclusive of taxes) for a Seat fare.

Fares go on sale at 12:30pm today and can be booked on Air New Zealand’s website: www.airnewzealand.co.nz

QANTAS:

Qantas has announced four additional return services between Auckland and Australia to make travel easier for more Black Caps fans heading to Melbourne to watch New Zealand’s first Cricket World Cup Final on Sunday.

Three extra return B737-800 services will operate between Auckland and Melbourne on Saturday and Monday and one extra service return service between Auckland and Sydney on Monday.

On top of Qantas’ daily flights from Auckland to Australia, more than 1,300 seats have been added, providing more flexibility for New Zealand cricket fans travelling to Australia.

Demand for the additional services is strong, with the first group booking flights from Auckland to Melbourne within five minutes of New Zealand winning the semi-final.

News Event: Cyclones hit Australia – Live stream links

Severe Tropical Cyclone Marcia is predicted to intensify to a Category 5 system as it crosses the Queensland coast between Mackay and Gladstone early on Friday morning with destructive winds with gusts of up to 270 km/h expected near the core of the system. – AusBOM.

The system has slowed to moving at just 10km an hour and has intensified massively to what will be a category five cyclone.

The very destructive core of severe tropical cyclone Marcia, with gusts to 295 km/h, is expected to cross the coast between Mackay and Gladstone on Friday morning.

Expected track via AusBOM
Expected track via AusBOM
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Turbulence forecast via Jeppesen.

 

Here are links to live streams from the area:

ABC LOCAL RADIO BRISBANE:
Live coverage from reporters and the newsroom. Here.

MACKAY LOCAL POLICE: Live stream of local police scanner here.

CAIRNS POLICE: If the cyclone hits as far north as Cairns then their police can be heard here.

FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND FIRE:
Live stream of the fire service radios from Far North Queensland can be heard here.

Here’s a map of the area.

Satellites looking for MH370 involved in unexpected find.

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High resolution satellite imagery being used to try and locate MH370 has revealed an unexpected object.

Internet company Tomnod.com has been allowing users to search a database of satellite images to search for debris but last night a user from Hastings located what is believed to be New Zealand’s favourite penguin, Happy Feet.

The user who wants to remain anonymous said they contacted the website about their find.

“Maybe I was a bit out of the search zone, but when I saw that face I just knew Happy Feet was still with us” they said.

Happy Feet was thought to have been eaten by a whale shortly after being freed in the southern ocean.

A rescue mission paid for my Gareth Morgan is yet to be confirmed but John Key is understood to be keen on the idea.

The successful rescue of such a national icon would work well for the government in election year.

Happy Feet shot to fame after being rescued from a New Zealand beach with like threatening injuries.

The RNZMS Bluebird is understood to have been put on standby.