18 June 2014

Otago Air

A Dunedin man has called for the city to ditch major airlines, ''do the job ourselves'' and begin a local air service providing international flights. And the idea for city residents and organisations to get together and develop ''Otago Air'' has been declared ''possible'' by a former airline boss. Outram farmer and cafe owner Fred Doherty has responded to recent news Virgin has grounded Dunedin's only flights to Sydney and Melbourne. The move by Virgin, which has a transtasman alliance with Air New Zealand, left Dunedin to Brisbane as the only international flight from Dunedin... 

Asked to respond to Mr Doherty's idea, Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull said Air New Zealand had said it had limited planes and pilots, and there was insufficient demand in Dunedin to push the city as a priority. ''That's the reality of it.'' However, the idea was ''not completely silly''. Mr Cull said the Dunedin to Auckland route was the major problem for the city, because the schedule made it difficult to do business there in one day.

There has been some fall-out from the decision to scrap the Sydney and Melbourne flights... One issue is the lack of seats between Dunedin and Christchurch to connect with trans-Tasman flights... see : http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/306099/dunedin-service-flying-shame

Meanwhile Jetstar are looking to see if there is room for them to expand their Dunedin services : http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/305987/jetstar-will-look-gaps-market

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