getluv wrote:NTLDaz wrote:DavidByrne wrote:Not that popular - working from BITRE you can see that there was an average of 86 pax/flight in December, 110 pax/flight in January, and 91 pax/flight. For them to commit to a three-year operation must have required significant investment from NTL and/or the local Council.
Yes but they may also see long term potential. If they still had the tie up with NZ it would have been much better IMO.
I'm heading to SFO in December and leaving NTL instead of SYD would be nice.
The Council were probably better off throwing the money at NZ than VA.
50-65% LF during high season is atrocious, however I would like to hear from the locals whether the route was promoted well. Clearly VA are getting thrown enough money to keep these services running.
As a local I'd say it was reasonably well marketed. Certainly plenty of press, radio and TV coverage.
The lead in time to flights was about the same last year which may not have been enough. I hope there was marketing of the Hunter as a destination in NZ.
The airport is owned by 2 councils so at least the subsidy ( whatever it is ) is split.