Plans to resume passenger flights out of Oamaru Airport may
not go ahead, due to fears for the longevity of the proposal.
Dunedin-based Mainland Air had originally hoped to start
regular passenger services between Oamaru and Christchurch in
mid-January, but Mainland Air general manager Shirley Kean
said the company had not been able to garner enough support
from the Waitaki District Council to make the proposal
''At this stage it is on hold. We really needed council
support to ensure that it was going to be a long-term
service, but the council is not in a position to come up with
what we were asking for.''
Mrs Kean said details of what kind of support was asked for
would remain confidential.
Mainland Air has already scrapped plans to fly from Dunedin
to Queenstown and Christchurch in October, due to lack of
However, Mrs Kean said other options for the Oamaru plan
would be explored.
The company was ''really trying'' to make the
Oamaru-Christchurch route a reality, she said.
''We haven't given up. We just need to contact a few more
people to see what they can do.
''We just need a wee bit of support to make sure that it is
going to stay up and running.
''We can come in tomorrow and get it up and running. But if
we do that and we don't have bums on seats, it won't last,
and we are not in a position to do that for Oamaru at this
''If no-one can give us that level of support it won't be