Take-off and landing are the two prohibitive factors when it
comes to adding a Dunedin leg to international flights
Both Air New Zealand and Jetstar say it would not be
commercially viable to add a stop at Dunedin International
The idea was raised following recent news Virgin had
terminated Dunedin's only flights to Sydney and Melbourne.
That left a Dunedin to Brisbane flight as Dunedin's only
An Air New Zealand spokeswoman said while the airline
constantly assessed the viability of new services, it had no
plans to operate transtasman services to and from Dunedin via
''Adding an additional stop increases flight costs
considerably, with additional handling and landing costs
''The extra fuel burn is also disproportionate to the
additional distance flown, with take-off burning the most
fuel over the course of a flight.''
Jetstar responded in a similar way.
A spokesman said low-cost carriers like Jetstar kept fares
low by flying direct routes using jet aircraft, which was
also the preferred option for most travellers.
The very short flying distance between Dunedin and Queenstown
would not be commercially viable with a jet aircraft.
He said costs for everything from landing charges to baggage
handling costs meant such a stop was not viable, on top of
the high fuel costs of the short trip.