12 August 2015

Sounds Air News

Sounds Air has added an additional Monday morning Wellington to Nelson return flight. An early morning flight from Wellington to Nelson departs the capital at 6.50am while the Nelson to Wellington flight leaves Nelson at 7.50am. This is in addition to the earlier 7.00am Nelson to Wellington service. The new flights start on the 24th August 2015.

Meanwhile the Hawkes Bay Today of 5 August 2015 reported that

A new air service linking the wine regions of Hawke's Bay and Marlborough is in its final planning stages, Sounds Air managing director Andrew Crawford has said. Mr Crawford said he expected to be able to make a full announcement about the service "within the week". Sounds Air announced it had begun looking into creating a twice-weekly direct air link between Hawke's Bay and Marlborough back in May with one of its aircraft, a nine-seater Pilatus PC12, touching down at Hawke's Bay Airport. Mr Crawford said the wine industry was a key focus of the service which was predominantly seen as a business route rather than direct tourism route. He said it was often "a pain" for people wanting to travel between Napier and Blenheim for business. The initial plans were for a twice weekly service with two return flights - one in the morning and one in the evening. On the direct route the flight time would be just 45 minutes. Flights from Napier, through Wellington, then on to Blenheim could take up to three hours. Mr Crawford estimated at that time that fares each way were likely to be around $250.

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