Nelson based airline Originair will introduce services from Napier commencing September 28th, direct to New Plymouth and Palmerston North and via these cities onto Nelson.
The airlines Managing Director, Robert Inglis, said that “the airline has been operating from Nelson to Palmerston North for the past three years and to New Plymouth for a year and adding services to Hawke’s Bay was a natural extension”.
“The company appreciated the passenger support received to date and whilst these services are not extensive, they do offer Hawke’s Bay travelers another choice” Mr. Inglis said.
Hawke’s Bay airport CEO, Stuart Ainslie, said in support “We are pleased to welcome Originair to Napier from September. Over the last three years we’ve seen significant growth of over 45% in passenger numbers mainly across the main city connections. It’s important to us that we work with airline partners to grow regional connectivity across the domestic network offering more choice and flexibility. Congratulations to Originair and we look forward to supporting further growth on new routes”.
The airline will operate direct services from Napier to New Plymouth at 4:00pm each Friday and Sunday to offer weekend travelers an easy option when visiting New Plymouth. Direct services from New Plymouth to Napier will also depart on these days at 2:10pm.
The airlines Marketing Manager, Holly Parata, said she believed “the direct 45-minute flights will offer a significant time and cost saving for travelers as it avoids transiting via Auckland or Wellington”. These Friday and Sunday services to New Plymouth also connect onto the airlines New Plymouth services direct to Nelson at 5:20pm.
Flights will also operate direct from Napier to Palmerston North at 11:10 each Monday and 4:00pm on Wednesdays, with an easy connection onto Originair’s direct flights to Nelson.
The company will continue to use its British Aerospace Jetstream aircraft for this new service.
For more details regarding flight times and fares visit the Originair website: originair.nz.