09 December 2010

Eagle's Wanganui Holiday

Air NZ services from Wanganui to Wellington will take a break during the holidays. Eagle Air, the airline's wholly owned subsidiary, provides the capital link but will park its Beechcraft 1900D aircraft for almost a month from Christmas Eve until January 19. Carrie Hurihanganui, general manager of Eagle Air, said the temporary grounding recognised a lack of demand during the holiday period. "It's something we have done before, both with our Wanganui services and other short-haul routes," Ms Hurihanganui said. "Our decision is principally business-driven because demand tends to fall away during this period." Ms Hurihanganui said it certainly did not indicate anything other than a drop off in patronage. Currently Eagle Air flies from the city to Wellington Monday to Friday, the outward flight leaving at 7.05am and the return flight leaving the capital at 7pm. There are no weekend flights. Eagle Air first flew into Wanganui in 1973 when it began a Hamilton-Wanganui service. Air NZ purchased a 100 per cent share in the company in 1992 and the subsidiary operates 18 Beechcraft on the airline's domestic network. Eagle Air specialised in operating low capacity aircraft on low traffic, low density routes.

Source : http://www.wanganuichronicle.co.nz/local/news/air-service-grounded-for-festive-holidays/3933206/

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