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Quoting Unclekoru (Reply 141):
I agree, I think NSN-WLG-NSN would be a front runner for a prop star service, along with AKL-NSN-AKL. Possibly CHC too.
I think if Jetstar joined NSN-WLG-NSN it would quickly become a bloodbath considering it is already the regional route in the country with the most competition. Air NZ and Sounds Air both currently fly it and Originair is joining next month. Considering that Sounds Air is well know in Nelson it is already hard for Airnz to offer flights higher than their $120 flat fare so any extra competition would only serve to further bring down prices and therefore yields. The only benefit for Jetstar over the small fry would be the connection possibilities with regional North Island destinations yet even then they have to compete with Airnz.
All good points however I don't think the thought of competing with Sounds and Originair would put Jetstar off the route. I imagine they might back themselves to have a go regardless. It's a busy route with a very large group of regular commuters so could have some long term appeal. I agree though, in the short term it would be an absolute blood bath. I'm not sure how well Sounds Air does out of Nelson, by all accounts from those who work there, it's not as strong as BHE or PCT.
Agree, Christchurch does offer more international connections, although WLG has a few which might work as well. Especially around middle of the day/mid afternoon JQ and QF departures. Having said that, if Jetstar choose to serve IVC for instance, then a NSN-CHC service would potentially tie it all together quite nicely. While I didn't mention it in my earlier post, I am assuming that if NSN does receive a Jetstar service, it would almost certainly include AKL flights.
It will be interesting to see how it all plays out.
[Edited 2015-08-16 19:35:03]