Flights connecting Dunedin travellers to international
flights leaving from Queenstown would need a guarantee of
patronage before they could be launched, a local operator
A regular connecting flight between Dunedin, which has
recently lost international flights, and Queenstown, which
has gained them, has been raised as the debate over the
city's response to the loss continues.
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Dunedin-based Mainland Air launched a flight from Dunedin
International Airport to Queenstown in 2012.
But operations manager Philip Kean said it was ''never
Most people were used to driving the route, and continued to
Passengers who did take the flight were either professional
people, or people visiting family.
''Not one'' passenger was making a connecting flight.
Mr Kean did not expect the addition of international flights
to Queenstown to make a difference.
But if an organisation or company were to guarantee seat
purchases, that could change things, he said.
Bulk booking of seats by companies or organisations is one
idea that has surfaced this week.
Mr Kean said the company could do the trip for about $150 a