planemanofnz wrote:zkncj wrote:LamboAston wrote:Talking to a NZ ramper in Dunedin today, he said with the october schedule switches that Invercargill will get 2-3 weekly A320 from Auckland, as well as an extra Q300 frequency to Dunedin from Christchurch. Jetstar are apparently also planning CHC-DUD flights, although these are likely to be CHC-DUD-IVC-CHC or similar from what he told me. Now all this info could be wrong, but it's what i was told.
Well AKL-IVC currently isn’t an route, maybe Shadbolt got out his sponsorship cheque book to under write the losses from the service?
Both AKL - DUD and AKL - ZQN have grown significantly of late, but I just don't get AKL - IVC, as NZ has no competition at IVC, and IVC not really a draw-card (unlike the other two).
A couple of thoughts around ZQN/WKA/IVC
ZQN being both the Jet and International gateway to the region is obviously the 'main' airport. Even though ZQN has development/growth planning underway it's always going to be a 'restricted' airport given its size and location. WKA will become a natural alternative long term but lacks the facilities currently.
ZQN's growth will also be limited by the number of beds in the region, especially in winter peak.
So balancing high tourism demand into the region will drive higher airport charges which will be passed onto the customer, it will also driver higher bed costs for visitors, once the airport nears capacity WKA will play a key role, especially on ATR/Q300 services.
Long-term does IVC play a role within the wider Tourism space?
Could this in addition to your usual business and personal travel support a AKL-IVC?
As for now - Is Aviation Security Services searching for IVC based employees? I can't see them being flown in like they do today for disrupt recovery flights.