Air New Zealand has increased the number of flights it offers
between Christchurch and several regional airports.
The airline announced today it was increasing capacity on
Christchurch routes to cater for growing travel demand
stimulated by the earthquake rebuild.
Starting this week, 14 more Bombardier Q300 services will fly
between New Plymouth and Christchurch each week, lifting
capacity to about 67,000 seats each year.
Air New Zealand will also increase flights between Tauranga
and Christchurch from 18 to 24 direct Q300 services per week.
An extra eight flights have been added between Hamilton and
Bringing in new ATR-600 aircraft to the regional fleet would
allow the airline to shift capacity onto high demand routes,
said Air NZ spokesman Cam Wallace.
"A number of customers travelling from New Plymouth, Hamilton
and Tauranga to Christchurch have previously had to travel
via Wellington. They will now have far greater travel
convenience," Wallace said.
"We're constantly reviewing and adapting our domestic network
in order to meet regional passenger demand and we're pleased
to be facilitating the ongoing rebuild within the Canterbury
region in this instance."
- By Ben Chapman-Smith of nzherald.co.nz