More flights in and out of Dunedin and Invercargill

Cr Aaron Hawkins is calling for a bus route between the Dunedin Airport and the city. Photo:...
Air New Zealand is increasing the frequency of flights to an from Dunedin Airport. Photo: ODT
Air New Zealand has added new flights in and out of Dunedin and Invercargill aimed at servicing the business community.

The airline announced this morning it would operate business-timed flights in and out of a number of regional aiports from next month.

The flights would allow customers in Hamilton, Tauranga, Napier, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Nelson, Dunedin and Invercargill to undertake a day of business in either Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch.

The added flights included a route between Dunedin and Christchurch, which would depart Dunedin at 7am and depart Christchurch at 5.55pm.

Flights between Invercargill and Christchurch would depart Invercargill at 8.45am and depart Christchurch at 4.45pm

Air New Zealand networks general manager Scott Carr said the airline had also timed flights allowing those in the main centres to be able to fly to the majority of these regions for a day of business.

"Since publishing our domestic schedule for Alert Level 2, we’ve seen a good initial response from leisure travellers.

"As we further build our domestic schedule, we’re looking to cater for resumed business travel which we know helps support economic activity in regional New Zealand.

"As our corporate customers get moving again, we encourage take-up of these new services which depart first thing in the morning, returning in the late afternoon or evening."

The new flights are as follows:

Hamilton-Wellington

Departs Hamilton 7:30am

Departs Wellington 6:05pm

Tauranga-Auckland

Departs Tauranga 7:00am

Departs Auckland 6:15pm

Napier-Auckland

Departs Napier 7:20am

Departs Auckland 3:30pm/6:30pm

New Plymouth-Auckland

Departs New Plymouth 8:05am

Departs Auckland 4:25pm

New Plymouth-Wellington

Departs New Plymouth 7:30am

Departs Wellington 5:00pm

Palmerston North-Auckland

Departs Palmerston North 7:15am

Departs Auckland 4:30pm

Nelson-Auckland

Departs Nelson 6:30am/8:05am

Departs Auckland 3:00pm/5:20pm

Nelson-Wellington

Departs Nelson 7:05am

Departs Wellington 4:30pm/5:50pm

Nelson-Christchurch

Departs Nelson 7:25am

Departs Christchurch 6:15pm

Dunedin-Christchurch

Departs Dunedin 7:00am

Departs Christchurch 5:55pm

Invercargill-Christchurch

Departs Invercargill 8:45am

Departs Christchurch 4:45pm

The business-timed flights take effect from June 8 and are available to book now.

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