10 August 2016
More pax on Hoki Service
About 400 more passengers have flown the Hokitika to Christchurch route since Air New Zealand introduced the larger 50-seater planes to the daily service in May. The airline confirmed on Friday that while passenger numbers were confidential, it could confirm more than 400 additional customers had been carried over the first two months since Q300 planes had been deployed exclusively on the Hokitika-Christchurch route. That increase is despite two fewer flights out of Hokitika Airport each day. From May 1, the airline dropped both the early morning and late evening flights as part of its revised 2016 domestic schedule, taking effect progressively throughout the country. Before making the change, Air NZ said the larger planes would bring more capacity into Hokitika and provide a better platform to offer lower fares. Hokitika Airport manager Drew Howat said that seemed to have happened. "There's been some pretty cheap fares out there... some Grab-a-seat fares as low as $29," Mr Howat said. "It appears Air NZ are doing what they said they would do and lower the prices, which is really good." However, those extra people who were filling the terminal at once was putting pressure on the limited space. Mr Hoat said changes were planned for the layout of the building, including rental car desks. The airport cafe currently remains unoccupied.
Source : Hokitika Guardian, 8 August 2016
Posted by Steve L at 6:16 AM