smi0006 wrote:eta unknown wrote:SCFlyer wrote:Some NZ flights are (were?) load restricted on the old MCY runway, depending on weather conditions. MCY's old runway was only long enough for short haul flights on 737/A320 aircraft at full payload.
Even longer domestic flights e.g to PER/DRW were likely to face payload restrictions on the old runway year round, making them unviable.
NZ A320 AKL-MCY flights operated at full capacity westbound, but the last row was blocked from sale for the return journey- take off minimum height requirement issues.
I think at certain times it could be more than this, they also bulkloaded the aircraft. Prior to covid there was talks of 321s to MCY once the runway opened as the route doesn’t need freq- now I doubt we’ll see NZ return to MCY for several years.
If I recall correctly the local council (SCRC) partially funds the seasonal flights under contract until 2023.
A recent paywall newspaper article had the council interested in starting talks of operating Summer Seasonal flights for the 2020-2021 season depending on the 'Travel Bubble' outcomes and ongoing COVID events.
Saying that, I can't see NZ up-gauging the MCY flights regardless of the outcome, at most using the existing A320neos removes the load restrictions on the eastbound flights.