Originair is extending its airline services by adding direct flights between Nelson and New Plymouth which will take approximately 50 minutes.
Initially there will be eight flights a week between the two cities, taking off from September 29. The airline will be flexible around scheduling, reflecting extra demand during school holidays and long weekends.
Originair managing director Robert Inglis says they are introducing the direct flights after listening to business and leisure travelers:
“Currently anyone travelling between the two cities may spend lengthy periods transiting via Auckland and Wellington instead of less than an hour with direct services”.
“We believe the Nelson and New Plymouth communities will support this service. It will appeal to travellers who want to spend a weekend in either city and to business travellers commuting for a week’s work or a short stay,” Mr. Inglis said.
The airline currently flies between Nelson and Palmerston North, a service which started in 2015 and is popular with business and leisure customers.
The company’s British Aerospace 18-seat Jetstream aircraft will fly the route and the company is adding another Jetstream to its operations to cover contracted charter flights, tours and maintenance coverage.