19 March 2015
So Taupo, do you want an air service to Wellington?
Locals are being invited to have their say on the importance of having a Taupo to Wellington air service. Potential operators are also being invited to submit proposals to the Taupo District Council on how they would keep the district connected with the capital. Air New Zealand announced late last year it will be cutting services on some regional routes, including flights between Taupo and Wellington, from April 2015. The company based its decision on the poor operating economics associated with running their 19-seat Beechcraft planes. At the same time, it said it would lift flight capacity on the Taupo to Auckland route by introducing a 50-seat plane for the service. Mayor David Trewavas said an assessment of the economic loss to the district from not having the Taupo to Wellington air service was estimated to be $1.5 to $2 million a year. There were concerns about the potential impacts losing this air service might have and the council wanted to see what interest there was in stepping in to fill the gap left from Air New Zealand exiting the market.
I have already heard of one annual meeting moved to Rotorua as Taupo will not have a Wellington connection
Posted by Steve L at 8:52 AM