The increased schedule is effective from Friday the 5th of May.
24 April 2017
Sounds Air has announced additional Friday flights from Blenheim to both Christchurch and Napier.
The new Christchurch flight will depart Blenheim at 11:15am to arrive at 12:05pm. The return flight will depart Christchurch at 12:35pm to arrive at Blenheim at 1:25pm. The additional flight will mean there are 16 flights a week between the two centres
The new Napier flight will depart Blenheim at 2:15pm to arrive at 3:10pm. The return flight will depart Napier at 3:30pm to arrive at Blenheim at 4:30pm. The additional flight will mean there are 6 flights a week between the two centres
The increased schedule is effective from Friday the 5th of May.
Posted by Steve L at 1:22 PM
|Air Chathams' Whakatane Metroliner with the setting sun shining on its sun at Whakatane on 21 April 2017.|
|Sporting the moon and stars, the Starship Air Ambulance Beech Super King Air ZK-SSH at Whakatane on 21 April 2017|
|About to be put to bed, White Island Flights' Cessna 182 ZK-OFC at Whakatane on 21 April 2017|
|Waiting it's next training mission, Aerohire's Cessna 152 ZK-MDS at Whakatane on 22 April 2017|
Posted by Steve L at 7:16 AM
22 April 2017
If you are in Whakatane and want to try out some fun flying go and have a chat to Peter Rutledge out at AEROHIRE at Whakatane Airport... He is one of those genuine guys who loves to talk planes and flying... I had the opportunity to go for a fly over Edgecumbe on Friday just as the sun was going down...
|My ride was BRM Aero Bristell LSA ZK-LMR...|
|Where the river breached... you can see the plug in the stopbank...|
|The area of the town about the river which was flooded...|
|Look carefully... the silt in the streets and debris out on the road to be cleared away|
|A very sedate looking Rangitaiki River|
|The sun goes down on another day|
|LMR's front seat|
Posted by Steve L at 9:00 PM
18 April 2017
This photo was sent to me from Whanganui today... it looks as if the Saab is on heavy maintenance for a few so it gives aviation enthusiasts an opportunity to try out the Convair...
Bookings can be made at http://www.airchathams.co.nz/
The Air Chathams' website makes it clear what you are flying on!
Go Air Chats!
Posted by Steve L at 5:43 PM
17 April 2017
This on Stuff on my local airport...
Hamilton Airport's passenger numbers are soaring, reversing the previous trend of passenger decline with growing Auckland congestion playing a part. The regional airport is experiencing the strongest year-on-year growth in any given month in the last four to five years. March had the highest monthly passenger numbers recorded within the last four years at 3200 flying from the airport. CEO Mark Morgan said the bottleneck over the Bombays was among the reasons for the increased passenger numbers. "Getting to Auckland Airport from the Waikato is problematic. In terms of the Southern Motorway, you can leave at 5am for an 8am flight and it is questionable if you will arrive on time. "Business people are reconsidering. Historically they may have driven to Auckland to catch a flight to Wellington or Christchurch but, because of the unpredictable traffic half of their business day could be spent on the road." Morgan believes the airport is also benefiting from a more positive economy, both regionally and nationally. "I think there's an increase in tourism and we've seen some benefits from that. We've seen an increase in tour group activity in and out of Hamilton Airport." There was year-on-year growth from July 2016 to March 2017 of 8 per cent on Air New Zealand services to Palmerston North, Wellington and Christchurch. In March 2017 compared to last year there was 20 per cent growth on the same routes for Air New Zealand. Some recent research by the airport has found that its profile is almost equal between business and leisure traveller. "Our view, before our research, would have been that we were more heavily weighted towards business travellers than leisure. "It will certainly change the way we market the airport." Hamilton Airport has flights to all the main business centres apart from Auckland after Air New Zealand withdrew that service just over a year ago. Given the problematic accessibility to and from Auckland, Morgan is keen to see this service reinstated at some point. "Twelve months ago passengers may not have considered flying from Hamilton to Auckland because it was considered driveable, but now the drive could take anywhere between two to three hours so the Hamilton to Auckland flight would have greater appeal. "We will continue to advocate with Air New Zealand to increase frequency and scheduling. I think the airport is in a much, much stronger position than it was two or three years ago. "We remain very focused on the regional airport strategy, but I think the challenges Auckland faces, with regards to traffic and infrastructure, will create a lot of future opportunity for Hamilton Airport." Hamilton stopped being an international airport in 2012 and it has very clear direction from the shareholders and the board that its focus is as a strong regional airport. So there is no consideration to attempting to woo back international services for the time being. Morgan wants the airport to be more than a place people fly from but also a destination, where people use the venue for conferences or parent groups who can use the cafe Mavis Lounge.
Source : http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/91437455/hamilton-airport-welcomes-increased-passenger-numbers
So my thoughts...
1. "March had the highest monthly passenger numbers recorded within the last four years at 3200 flying from the airport."
I don't think so...
Given in May there are 24 direct ATR flights to Christchurch each week... that's 1584 seats per week!
Given in May there are 33 direct ATR flights and 6 direct Q300 flights to Wellington each week... that's 2478 seats per week
Given in May there are 10 direct Q300 flights to Palmerston North each week... that's 500 seats per week
Note... It looks as if Q300 flights out of Hamilton have recently been replaced by ATRs so that's a higher number of seats...
If its 3200 people flying out of Hamilton per month it would be a load factor of 15%
I'd say 3200 flying out of Hamilton each week in March makes more sense! That would give a 70% load factor but my observation are Hamilton flights are always fairly full
2. Morgan said the bottleneck over the Bombays was among the reasons for the increased passenger numbers. "Getting to Auckland Airport from the Waikato is problematic. In terms of the Southern Motorway, you can leave at 5am for an 8am flight and it is questionable if you will arrive on time. "Business people are reconsidering. Historically they may have driven to Auckland to catch a flight to Wellington or Christchurch but, because of the unpredictable traffic half of their business day could be spent on the road."
Personally I don't think so... Sure, some people were flying via Auckland when Eagle Air were operating Hamilton-Auckland... in fact the Eagle flights were often full as people connected to and from both domestic and international flights. The domestics would largely be southbound and those passengers now would take the flights straight out of Hamilton. But I would argue Waikato people have not been driving to Auckland to catch a domestic flight for some time...
3. Given the problematic accessibility to and from Auckland, Morgan is keen to see this service reinstated at some point. "Twelve months ago passengers may not have considered flying from Hamilton to Auckland because it was considered driveable, but now the drive could take anywhere between two to three hours so the Hamilton to Auckland flight would have greater appeal.
Barrier Air tried and failed... I think they needed to enter the market immediately after Eagle stopped... They didn't, and when they did enter the market they didn't advertise well. People need to know there is a service... People need to be reminded of the of how hideous getting to and from Auckland Airport is, especially in the morning and later afternoon and evening. People need to be convinced the service is reliable! People need to be convinced it is worth changing airline at Auckland - no interline.
Interesting Air Chathams did AKL-HLZ on Thursday with a Metroliner pre Cyclone Cook. Sat around at HLZ for over an hour and then flew back to AKL. One wonders if they were checking out HLZ and HLZ Airport were checking out Air Chats!
4. I think the airport is in a much, much stronger position than it was two or three years ago. "We remain very focused on the regional airport strategy, but I think the challenges Auckland faces, with regards to traffic and infrastructure, will create a lot of future opportunity for Hamilton Airport."
I agree. Hamilton City grew by 20,000 people in the last three years! The market is growing every day. If Jetstar remain in the regional market I suspect they will come to Hamilton at some point... after all it is now NZ's 4th largest city and that will increase the number of passengers!
5. Hamilton stopped being an international airport in 2012 and it has very clear direction from the shareholders and the board that its focus is as a strong regional airport. So there is no consideration to attempting to woo back international services for the time being.
Hamilton being an International will make sense only when the road access to Auckland is poor.
Posted by Steve L at 5:00 PM
16 April 2017
15 April 2017
|Maule ZK-JDT at Tokoroa on 9 April 2017|
More often than not I don't call into Tokoroa airfield as the gate is often locked and if not there is nothing to photograph and sadly there are no longer scheduled services to Tokoroa... In its heyday as a forestry town, however, a number of airlines tried to make a go of a scheduled service to Tokoroa...
Air North's Tokoroa air service
Posted by Steve L at 11:40 AM
10 April 2017
Sunair has had another Cessna 172 added to their fleet, namely Cessna 172S ZK-COS (c/n 172S9752).
Sunair also operates Cessna 172s ZK-CBZ, DHN, DPN and TAB.
For those who have save copies of my airline profiles, my post on Sunair has been updated to incorporate the airline's developments and changes over the last 12 months...
Posted by Steve L at 9:46 PM
06 April 2017
Air New Zealand is adding a new return jet service between Dunedin and Auckland from July. The Sunday flight will be on the airline's 171-seat Airbus A320 aircraft, and will boost the number of seats on the route by 5 per cent. The service will start from July 9 and depart Auckland for Dunedin at 9.15am, returning at 11.40am. Air New Zealand chief revenue officer Cam Wallace said the airline has added 25 per cent more seats between Auckland and Dunedin in the past six months. "It's fantastic to see demand for services to and from Dunedin continue to grow and we're confident we can sustain an enhanced schedule that benefits visitors and locals alike." Dunedin Airport chief executive Richard Roberts said the extra jet flight, which follows the airline's move to triple daily A320 services between Dunedin and Wellington last October, was excellent news for the region. "The city has worked alongside Air New Zealand to stimulate and drive demand for services to and from Dunedin so it's really satisfying to see yet more capacity added." Air New Zealand has also rescheduled its Thursday and Friday evening flights between Christchurch and Dunedin to give more choice to customers travelling at peak periods, and has added an extra 68-seat ATR service on Sunday evenings.
Posted by Steve L at 6:52 PM
05 April 2017
Thanks to Bruce Gavin who tipped me off about the Kaikoura Earthquake Newsletter article about Air Kaikoura... I then found the Stuff article below that was published in February
The distance between Clarence and Kaikoura has felt enormous since the November earthquake but a new flight path is helping link the communities. Air Kaikoura set up the service, flying between Kaikoura and Parikawa, on December 4 and it is proving incredibly popular, according to manager Murray Hamilton. "We have just bought a new three-seater aircraft to be put on that run," he said. "But we will be able to take 11 people once all our aircraft are up and running." The 15-minute flight is even easier than the previous 40-minute drive, and is the only way to connect both ends of the district, other than by boat. The North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure Recovery (NCTIR) alliance also see it as an essential service and will be supplying a 'terminal', or portacabin, and portaloo for travellers. Hamilton said he was also grateful to the Parikawa Trust which owns the land for allowing the use of the new "airport". Plans for signage could increase the use of the service, and Hamilton said he hoped to encourage tourists to get back into Kaikoura, perhaps meeting a shuttle from Blenheim. Other plans included looking into having a car for people to rent at Parikawa. "It would be great if we could get a dealership involved so we could leave a car there and people could use it to get up to Blenheim." Air Kaikoura had been consistently busy since the earthquake, Hamilton said, but this was predominantly with tourists. The new service was important as it helped the northern end of the district to feel connected with their own community, and was particularly busy on a Monday and Friday with people getting to Kaikoura to work for the week. "It's really important that they feel more connected to the Kaikoura community. "It's been great for our relationships with the local community from a club perspective...we have even had more people wanting to learn to fly." As an incorporated society the club was always looking for potential members, Hamilton said.
Source : http://www.stuff.co.nz/marlborough-express/news/89582816/Air-Kaikoura-busy-with-new-service-connecting-the-two-ends-of-the-district
|The location of Parikawa airfield north of Clarence|
|Air Kaikoura's Piper Cherokee 6 ZK-DOP at Kaikoura on 27 December 2014|
|Piper Cherokee 180 ZK-DUQ at Kaikoura on 23 February 2017|
In addition to these two aircraft Cessna 172 ZK-JCT was added to the fleet in February 2017.
While State Highway 1 north of Kaikōura and south of Clarence is being repaired, a local air club is helping the community stay connected. Around 500 locals have flown between Kaikōura and Parikawa since Air Kaikoura launched the new service in early December. Air Kaikōura Manager Murray Hamilton says Kaikōura Aero Club is a non-profit organisation run by members of the community. ‘We’re providing a lifeline for people to get between Clarence and Kaikōura.’ Clients have included hospital staff, insurance companies and even 20 people heading from Clarence to Christchurch for the Bruce Springsteen concert last month. Beekeepers are major clients, flying two to three times a week to check on hives. Mr Hamilton says the small airport is particularly busy Mondays and Fridays running at least four flights on these days. Other days flights are on demand, which is convenient for the locals. ‘We’re thrilled to be able to provide this service to support Kaikōura,’ says Mr Hamilton. NCTIR has helped by installing a ‘terminal’ and portaloo for travellers to use at Parikawa. Air Kaikōura is known for its whale watching flights, and while these are still continuing, the flights between Parikawa and Kaikōura are growing in demand. Farmers have relied on the service to transport machinery, while the vet has used it to get crucial medical supplies in for their animals. The company is growing, they’ve increased staff numbers And have purchased a fourth aircraft for the Parikawa service. Flying the route means the locals are seeing the damage from the air first hand. ‘I was shocked the first time I saw the slips, completely blown away, thinking oh my goodness that’s just incredible,’ says Mr Hamilton. Air Kaikōura is also hoping to expand its service to connect Blenheim, locals and tourists with Kaikōura. This is due to launch before winter.
Posted by Steve L at 9:25 AM