18 May 2017

Potential Air Route Number 1

There is not a lot happening in the regional airline scene at moment and so I have been doing a bit of day dreaming and have had a few thoughts on potential new air routes for our regional airlines...

Suggested Route : Motueka-Wellington

Suggested Operator : Sounds Air

Rationale :

Sounds Air's fare are generally pretty reasonable so that makes flights from Motueka a viable option. To drive from Motueka to Nelson Airport takes 40 minutes and then you have to pay for your parking at Nelson (which at $8 a day is not unreasonable unlike some NZ airports). The route could be operated by a Caravan or PC12... the latter would have much more appeal. Since the arrival of Jetstar Sounds Air are operating less flights into Nelson so Motueka could be a nice market.

Previous Operators on Route :

Motueka Air Services

Air Nelson 

Air Nelson Piper Aztec ZK-PIX at Motueka on 15 August 1990

Air Nelson Piper Navajo ZK-JGA at Motueka on 22 May 1994

Associated Airlines

Takaka Valley Air Services

Negatives :

No GPS approach to Motueka

Check out this Youtube clip :

If you have a suggested route send me an email with your thoughts on it...

1 comment:

  1. I would LOVE to see this, but I don't think this route would ever work when Nelson is 40 minutes away and has $39 airfares to Wellington.