|NAC timetable, effective August 1948|
Would anyone happen to have a photo of a Lockheed Electra at Westport??? If so could they email me at email@example.com
|DH 83 Fox Moth ZK-AEK at Westport operating the NAC flight from Hokitika and Greymouth|
|Lockheed L18 Lodestar ZK-AOS arriving at Westport from Wellington and Nelson|
The Douglas DC-3, ZK-AZA, from Nelson and Wellington meeting the Dominie, ZK-AKU, from Hokitika at Westport.
Photo : Whites Aviation Ltd :Photographs. Ref: WA-35922-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/23528777
|Photo : Whites Aviation Ltd :Photographs. Ref: WA-35921-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/23524843|
|Photo : Whites Aviation Ltd :Photographs. Ref: WA-35922-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/23528777|
The Douglas DC-3 service was extended to Hokitika on 2 March 1953. The service from Wellington and Nelson operated Monday through Saturday while the extension to Hokitika operated on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
|NAC timetable effective 17 December 1951 with the Lockheed Lodestar Wellington-Nelson-Westport-Hokitika|
|Douglas DC-3 ZK-AQU at Westport|
|NAC timetable effective 17 December 1954 |
Notice the second flight to Westport for the summer holidays operating direct from Wellington
|Douglas DC-3 Skyliner ZK-AOF at Westport|
By 1966 NAC was rapidly moving towards retiring its DC-3 aircraft in favour of Fokker Friendships. The Friendships required a sealed runway but at this stage Westport only had a grass runway. The Buller Chamber of Commerce recognised that “for the sake of commerce and tourism it was imperative that the town enjoyed the best air service available. The Chamber of Commerce was keen for the improvement of the Kawatiri airport to take bigger aircraft as “Westport was the gateway to the West Coast, a fact that should not be lost sight of.” Despite the Chamber of Commerce’s enthusiasm the Westport Borough Council and Buller County Councils were slow to move on this matter. What made matters worse was a Civil Aviation Department proposal that the Councils should, “in line with practice in other parts of New Zealand and in keeping with Government policy, assume joint responsibility for the administration and maintenance of the Kawatiri Airport.”
NAC timetable effective 3 February 1969 with the DC-3 still servicing Westport and connecting to the Friendship at Hokitika
|Nelson Evening Mail, 8 June 1970|
|Fokker Friendship ZK-BXC at Westport|
Meanwhile, the Hokitika-Christchurch continued to enjoy good loadings but passengers to and from Hokitika often found they were unable to get seats and make connections at Christchurch with flights to the North Island. To counter this NAC reinstated the Hokitika-Westport link on the 3rd of June 1975 on a year’s trial. The airline hoped that a proportion of Hokitika passengers wanting to get to the North Island would use it and fly to Wellington, via Westport and Nelson. It was also hoped that Westport passengers would use the link via Hokitika to travel to and from Christchurch. The new schedule was such The News was not ready when the flight from Nelson left for Westport and so Capital Air Services and later Nairn Aviation were contracted to carry the newspapers.
|In 1975 NAC introduced its new "Wings of the Nations" orange and red colour scheme. Fokker Friendship ZK-NAO at Westport on 26 January 1977.|