16 March 2011

No Commitment from Eagle Air Yet to Extended Wanaka Service

A decision on whether national carrier Eagle Air will maintain its increased schedule to Wanaka will be made after the company reviews a six-month trial... The town's tourism and business leaders, keen to see the additional flights continue, met Eagle Air representatives on Thursday night. Wanaka Chamber of Commerce economic forum spokesman Alistair King said no promises had been made "either way" about the future of the extra flights. Eagle Air chief executive Carrie Hurihanganui presented passenger figures to the 16 representatives from interest groups, Mr King said. Lake Wanaka Tourism general manager James Helmore said Eagle Air's data had shown inbound flights to Wanaka were not as well frequented as outbound flights. "The general sentiment from Eagle Air was the service has gone OK, but could do better. There are some tweaks and changes we can make," he said.

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