Hamilton International flights 'on the horizon' when international travel returns in the future ...https://www.nzherald.co.nz/hamilton-new ... d=12364124
I tell you what, if there's one thing Ewan Wilson loves most it's the prospect of international services from regional airports! The man doesn't quit ! Fair play to him
HLZ getting International services in the next 5 years seem very slim! The only international flights I could see them getting in the near term would be passengers returning from Australia going straight into an managed isolation hotel.
I bang my head when I read these headlines. How does the saying go - the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome .
When I look at HLZ, it has extremely low international business need and almost no inbound appeal from Australia. Without going on too long; what does HLZ offer a tourist? Hobbiton, Waitomo or a gateway to Rotorua etc.
Waitomo and Hobbiton can both be day trips from Auckland (organised or self driven) and ROT didn't work as a stand alone route even with council support so you can rule all those out as a point of difference.
Therefore outbound is the remaining obvious target market to which I'll raise 3 critical points.
- The center of HLZ is only +/-100km from AKL airport. There's a nice new expressway and motorway for most of the trip.
- AKL has economy of scale at it's disposal and that provides options. More seats on bigger planes to more destinations. Thus leaving HLZ typically being more expensive with less competition over less routes and harder to compete.
- Let's call it the COVID effect. I think in these current times, questions should and are being asked on things like this and how much benefit we see from it. Given it's likely based on outbound benefits what's in it for the local economy
While on Kiwi, Air2000, Freedom etc you could find yourself a bargain and leave from your "backyard". The moment prices went up AKL become the more attractive option for the consumer. So the likes of NZ, QF etc just flooded the market with entry level airfares and used their much deeper pockets to ride it out.
Once NZ went to a simplified lower cost model for their short haul airline and with QF having JQ at their disposal along with VA/TT circling (at the time) the risk of a Ewan Wilson start up was low and Freedom become unnecessary.
I guess if the Waikato tax payer wants to support it then it may become more realistic but go back and re-read point 3 above and put the two together.