30 May 2016
Air Chathams picks up Whanganui
Air Chathams is stepping into the gap left by Air New Zealand pulling out of Whanganui... Whanganui mayor Annette Main said the loss of the route would have been a major blow but, fortunately, Air Chathams had already stepped into the gap. Air Chathams announced, almost simultaneously to Air New Zealand's announcement, they will be starting flights between Auckland and Whanganui as soon as Air New Zealand stops its service to the airport on July 31. Their 19-seat Metroliner planes will fly the same weekday schedule as Air New Zealand currently does, but there will be some minor changes to weekend flights. Whanganui MP Chester Borrows found it encouraging that Air Chathams had made a decision to take over the route. He said people wouldn't like Air New Zealand's decision but the best option was to move on. "We can sulk about this and get no change, or shake the living daylight out of the opportunity we have to prove them wrong"... Main said the council looked forward to welcoming Air Chathams to the Whanganui Airport, and would be mounting a campaign to encourage the community to support the route. Air Chathams chief executive Craig Emeny said he was encouraged by the resolve shown by Whanganui's elected representatives to support the Auckland-Whanganui service. "We understand the commercial decisions that have prompted this decision from Air New Zealand. "And we want to reassure the local community that Air Chathams will continue to work alongside the national carrier to ensure that Whanganui receives a safe, reliable air service enabling the region to continue to grow into the future."
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