|Quoting nz2 (Reply 110):|
I have used the regional services from AKL quite intensively over the last 7 years and never had any issues, yes you do need to be aware of which way you need to turn coming out the door but it is hardly difficult.
It isn't "difficult" at all, and as with many things in NZ
, I'm sure it's okay for the people who know the system.
For those you don't know - me - it was confusing, frustrating and time-consuming. I was flying Air NZ
, so why would I think I was on a "regional airline," unless I was familiar with the Air NZ
corporate structure, of which I'm only vaguely aware and why would a tourist know at all? On the first flight we were told we were on a Star Alliance flight operated b y Air New Zealand - Air Nelson (or whoever it was), never got a mention.
No one - and no piece of paper - suggested to me that it was a separately named terminal, until I asked the kindly pilot.
The fact that the corrugated iron "structure" is better than at some regional airports doesn't make it good, especially for a city the size and wealth of Auckland. You have walk through the open air, in all weathers, at WRE, but at least it's obvious where you're going.
But what the hey, I got there, I survived the Valkyries, I didn't miss any of my flights and I'll know better next time. But I'll still feel a bit sorry for the poor sods who don't know and I'll continue to wonder why is it so hard to let people who are strangers to the system know what the system is.
[Edited 2016-03-02 16:02:58]