28 July 2014

Provincial Schedule Changes

Further changes are being made to provincial air services from the 5th of February 2015.

ATR-72s will be used for the first time on the direct flights between Napier and Christchurch with the morning southbound and evening northbound flights being operated by ATR aircraft. The other direct flights will continue to be operated by the Q300s. ATR 72s will also be operating between Christchurch and Tauranga on Saturday afternoons and between Tauranga on Christchurch on Sunday mornings.

As previously mentioned in this blog the Nelson-Palmerston North services and Beech 1900 flights to Kerikeri are being upgraded to Q300s. In addition to these, the late afternoon flight between Auckland and Rotorua and return will upgrade to Q300s. The morning flight was upgraded to Q300s in February of this year. 

Tauranga is also to pick up more Q300s flights to Auckland from late September this year. 


  1. There's also some Q300 activity AKL-TUO during the summer, particularly around March. Sunday and Monday rotations in the middle of the day. This may be to cover Beech maintenance or as a trial for the Q300 into Taupo in future when the Beech fleet further dwindles.

  2. No, at this stage, Nelson is not looking at entering the Taupo market. It is to cover planned Eagle maintenance and events which see a greater number of people flying to/from Taupo

  3. Taupo Ironman

  4. The Mount Cook juggernaut continues its domination.