The 45-minute flights between Christchurch and Wānaka Airport that started in November are continuing to be well supported by Wānaka and Christchurch people.
Sounds Air chief executive Andrew Crawford said he was very pleased with use of the service and the initial 12 return flights a week had been maintained over the holiday period – with the most support from Wānaka local people.
“ We’re getting great support from people patronising the service. Our pilots have been out and about talking to people around town as well, and we’re really pleased with the positive feedback we’re getting,” he said.
With international tourists not around to use the service, the flights were “standing on their own two feet” with good forward bookings in the domestic market.
“International tourists returning at some stage would be nice to have, but not critical to the service. This is a largely domestic-based operation,” he said.
He would not be drawn on whether more flights would be added or any changes made beyond February.
Sounds Air uses a Pilatus PC-12 turboprop aircraft carrying up to nine passengers at a time.
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