In Rotorua, Air New Zealand is cutting one return flight a day to the capital from Thursday to Saturday, from October 30. Airport chief executive Nicole Brewer said the route had been under-performing for some time and schedule changes had been designed to lift performance and the route’s sustainability. “While the Wellington changes will not suit everyone, we will continue to actively work with Air New Zealand on this route to measure the impact and opportunities, and explore other options.” Overall, the route changes for Rotorua Airport are positive and will increase the airport’s passenger capacity by 7 percent. Ms Brewer said there would be a 25 percent capacity increase on the Auckland-Rotorua route, an increase of up to 20 percent on the Rotorua-Christchurch route, and improved connectivity between Rotorua and Queenstown. The increased capacity and connectivity would predominantly come from additional frequency on the Auckland and Christchurch routes. Connections with Queenstown would also increase from two to five a day from the end of October.
Source : Whakatane Beacon, 12 April 2016