Airport knows little of service

Hours after daily flights between Dunedin and Queenstown were announced yesterday, Queenstown Airport management said it knew little of the plans.

Kiwi Regional Airlines announced it would launch the return service twice daily six days a week when it started operating in September.

However, Queenstown Airport communications manager Jen Andrews said she had not been filled in on the plans.

''To be honest, we haven't heard from our slot co-ordinator about it so until that happens, [the flights] are not confirmed.''

Ms Andrews said discussions would need to take place before the service was approved, as ''there are some things that would need to be worked through''.

''They are mainly around timing and slot co-ordination. We are a daylight-only airport so we would need to make sure [the flights] fit in with that.''

Ms Andrews said she was not sure how well received the service would be.

''It's not really something we've had a good hard look at. But we've got a lot of business travellers so it would be a really good short hop for them.''

Kiwi Regional Airlines chief executive Ewan Wilson said flight times would be brought forward in winter to accommodate the shorter daylight period.

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