The cuts in regional services have been in the news of late and have been discussed on this blog and on other forums. But what has not been discussed is the breakdown in the relationship between the "national" carrier and the regions. Take the Westport cuts for example...
The reality is air travel is now the most used public transport in New Zealand. People in the regions want to see their air services developed and to be affordable. That's only going to happen if there is a good relationship between Air NZ and the regions. I hope that happens... but in the back of my mind there is a sneaky suspicion Air NZ wants to drastically cut the number of its domestic ports and or to quit the Beech 1900. That the Beech 1900 is increasingly becoming an uneconomic option is clear. Perhaps the challenge is to work with the regions to operate another alternative. But that would take an innovative airline that cared!