The chief executive of Air New Zealand has been invited to
Dunedin to hear concerns from the business community about
the axing of a late-night flights.
From March 1 the direct evening flight, which leaves Auckland
at 7pm and arrives in Dunedin at 9pm, will cease.
That move disappointed Dunedin Labour MPs Clare Curran and
David Clark, who met Air New Zealand's regional affairs
manager, Ian Collier, last week to discuss the change.
He told the pair ''unfortunately, we simply do not have
available aircraft to adjust the timings at the current
Ms Curran said she was inviting chief executive Christopher
Luxon to Dunedin to discuss the change with city business
leaders who were affected by the loss of service.
It was vital businesses were supported by adequate
infrastructure, including flights, she said.
''Air New Zealand needs to take into account what business
leaders are saying, and their response is simply just not
Ms Curran understood Dunedin had the fastest-growing domestic
network - ''and if that is the case why drop the commuter
Otago Chamber of Commerce chief executive John Christie said
the issue ''is something we want addressed sooner, rather