The Eastern Bay’s new Whakatane-Auckland air services will be celebrated with an open day at Whakatane Airport on Sunday, April 26. Mayor Tony Bonne said the event would be a fun day out for all the family, with Air Chatham’s Convair 580 and Metroliner fleet and classic DC3 on display, plus a Vampire Jet, Yak aircraft, other classic planes, microlights and local aircraft. “We’ll also have classic cars and motorcycles, fire and rescue services and a range of other fun activities available,” he said. “The Air Chathams DC3 will be offering scenic flights and local companies Frontier Helicopters and Whakatane Aerohire will also be offering flights at an affordable cost. There’s no better way to get a taste of our new air service offerings and get to know some of the people behind the scenes, so come along and enjoy this unique aeronautic opportunity.” Entry to the open day will be via a gold coin donation, with the profits raised going to worthy activities co-ordinated by the Whakatane Sunrise Rotary Club. Food and refreshments would be available as a fundraiser for the Air Training Corps and Interact (Youth Rotary). Air Chathams Whakatane Air Services’ inaugural flight will land in Whakatane at 9.30am on Tuesday, April 28 – a special initiative by Air Chathams to ensure that connections are available after Air New Zealand’s final flight, which departs from
Whakatane at 6.50am that day. Thereafter, daily scheduled services to Auckland will operate at 7.15am, Monday to Friday, with weekday afternoon flights to Auckland departing at 4.30pm Monday to Friday. Weekend flights to Auckland will depart at 9.45am and 2.10pm on Saturdays and 11.45am on Sundays. Auckland-Whakatane services will operate at 8.45am and 6pm, Monday to Friday, with Saturday services at 10.30am and 3.30pm; and a Sunday service departing for Whakatane at 2pm. Fares from $89 (including a 23-kilogram bag) are available on Air Chatham’s Whakatane Air Services.
Source : http://www.whakatanebeacon.co.nz/2015/04/open-day-to-celebrate-new-air-services/