16 June 2012

Eagle Masterton Update

Direct flights between Masterton and Auckland are reverting to a more regular timetable. In May, Eagle Air, which operates the service on behalf of Air New Zealand, switched the 7am morning flight from Masterton to a 12.15pm departure. The only return flight from Auckland leaves at 10.40am, making it impossible to fly there and back on the same day. At the time, Carrie Hurihanganui, Eagle Air general manager, said the changes were due to maintenance requirements to the Eagle Air aircraft that serviced the route. That maintenance was expected to last until June 18. The airline is now nearly ready to reintroduce its earlier timetable, Ms Hurihanganui said. "For a two week period from Monday, June 18, we will be reintroducing some business-timed Masterton flights on Mondays and Fridays, with plans to return to the normal full schedule from Monday, July 2," she said. "During this two-week period, as we transition out of our maintenance work, the schedule timings will have some variability and so we are contacting all customers that currently have bookings to ensure they are informed of the timings of their flights." Eagle Air was committed to the region and getting back to its normal schedule as quickly as possible, she said. Other changes in May included the trial of flights aimed at the leisure traveller, offering the opportunity for Aucklanders to spend the weekend in Wairarapa with a new fly-in Friday, fly-out Sunday option. That trial is currently being reviewed but is not being extended from July 2, Ms Hurihanganui said.

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