Starting with the big guys...
Air New Zealand
Last year we saw the end of Eagle's services and the Beech 1900s... this led to Whanganui being dropped from the national carrier's network as well as flights between Blenheim and Christchurch. Sadly, I don't think we have seen the end of the cuts... I suspect Timaru, Hokitika and Whangarei will all be under the microscope as well as Hamilton-Palmerston North-Wellington.
It sounds as if Jetstar are getting another Q300... If there is a new route my pick would be Auckland-Tauranga. Can't see Jetstar doing a lot else at present.
And now moving down the country...
Air Chats added a Convair, Saab and Metro to their fleet in 2016. Whanganui seems to be doing okay and they really get the locals in behind them. If Air NZ pull out of any route look out for Air Chats on the lolly scramble... certainly Air Chats is the airline I would want if I was a mayor faced with no air service. Maybe another Metro as Airwork flicks their Metros.
Barrier Air tried a few new services last year but they never really took off. Kaitaia seems to be a lot more stable now with the single return flight and the Caravan being used during the day to Great Barrier Island. One wonders if another Caravan might eventually be in the wings... SDB is certainly getting a lot of use
Fly My Sky
Steady as she goes.
A new comer to the Coromandel now with two Airvans... An innovative operator but no real formal air service. One wonders whether something might happen with them
Steady as she goes. I was disappointed they didn't persevere with the Navajo as I feel it has more appeal than the Aztec. The Ardmore connection has them busy at weekends and the service to Gisborne seems to operate steadily. I thought they might have reintroduced Napier after Air NZ pulled Hamilton-Auckland. People flying from Napier to Hamilton have to go via Wellington now.
Steady as she goes on the Napier-Wairoa-Gisborne courier run. I'd like to see them advertise their flights better
Steady as she goes. Sounds Air's move into Paraparaumu didn't seem to impact on their routes to Blenheim and Nelson
A busy year with another Pilatus added to the fleet just before Christmas... what for one wonders??? I suspect the Kaikoura earthquake changed every thing. Certainly I think Christchurch-Blenheim will generate more traffic and this might absorb the new Pilatus. I suspect the Kaikoura-Blenheim service will remain until SH 1 reopens to the north while I think the Christchurch-Kaikoura will end with maybe a Wellington-Kaikoura replacement.
Still haven't got their Jetstreams up and running. I'm disappointed they have never got the Nelson-Palmerston North service right... the timetable has been lousy. And I am surprised no one else hasn't moved onto the route. 2017 will be a make or break year for Originair
Golden Bay Air
Steady as she goes
And further south
There have been talks about Air Safaris starting a service to Christchurch and Air Milford is going to try a weekly Queenstown-Manapouri service... Can't see anything enduring from either operators. Mainland Air tried services from Dunedin to Invercargill and Alexandra/Queenstown. Maybe a Sunair type air taxi service would work including Wanaka and Te Anau. In the end though there is not the traffic or distance to warrant these services and Dunedin airport being so far from the city is not helpful...
And for our southern most airline
Stewart Island Flights
Again, steady as it goes though I'm surprised they haven't done a Queenstown-Stewart Island service...