Air New Zealand cancels two regional routes blaming low demand

Edwin Mitson
Mon, 30 May 2016

By Edwin Mitson May 30 (BusinessDesk) - Air New Zealand is to close two regional routes, Whanganui to Auckland and Blenheim to Christchurch, from the end of July.  The move follows Air New Zealand's decision in 2014 to retire its unprofitable 19-seat Beech aircraft fleet and introduce the 50-seat Q300 aircraft. At the time it announced the suspension of unviable regional routes and said it would work with other regional centres to try to stimulate demand to fill the bigger aircraft.  In a statement, the airline said the two routes didn...

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