14 May 2015

Sounds Air's Westport Service

Sounds Air says it’s pleased with the patronage of its new Westport-Wellington service which started just over a fortnight ago. Managing director Andrew Crawford said flights were averaging more than half full. “I’m pretty pleased, bookings are strong. We need people to keep coming but I think that will only build as the word gets around.” It was too early to say which flights were most popular, Mr Crawford said. Picton-based Sounds Air took over when Air New Zealand quit the service on April 28. The new planes are nine-seaters. Air New Zealand flew 19-seaters. Meanwhile, Westport Airport now has a listed phone number. Westport Airport Authority chief executive Sonia Cresswell said the number - 280 8636 - was being connected today. It would be listed online and in the next edition of the white pages, she said. Previously Air New Zealand had an unlisted number at the airport.

Source : Westport News, 14 May 2015


  1. Sounds like what they said at the introduction of the Whanganui service.

    How's that going these days?

    1. There's a lot more riding on this.
      Eagle averaged 12 and they average 6ish... My guess is the cost is now too prohibitive to those who used to get the sub $200 fares flying Eagle.

    2. May very well be. But $200 is VERY cheap. You couldn't drive there for that. Maybe the single engine / pilot thing is still a barrier to many ? I have spoken to family in Westport who won't travel with them because of that. Even more so in the wake of this Germanwings crash. They just drive to Nelson and catch flights from there...