Labour member of Parliament Clare Curran is ''disgusted''
by Air New Zealand's response concerning the cutting of a
direct flight from Auckland.
As of March 1, the direct evening flight, which used to leave
Auckland at 7pm and arrived in Dunedin at 9pm, ceased. That
cut prompted the Dunedin South MP to write to Air New Zealand
chief executive Christopher Luxon inviting him to Dunedin to
discuss the move.
In his March 10 response, he reiterated the airline's
commitment to the city.
''Unfortunately, the ongoing losses we have been incurring on
the existing jet services between Auckland and Dunedin mean
we have had to make adjustments that ensure that services to
Dunedin are sustainable.''
He declined to come to Dunedin as the changes were
''effectively communicated'' to the Dunedin business
community last month. He apologised for not extending that
invitation to Ms Curran and Dunedin North MP David Clark.
Ms Curran said the letter was a ''brush-off'' and she was
disgusted by the response.
''The chief executive of Air New Zealand should be taking
Dunedin more seriously.''
She believed the airline had a statutory obligation to
provide a national service, and feared more cuts were likely.
''I am asking the people to speak up. I have been approached
constantly since this was announced,'' she said.