Air Chathams starts its flights to Nor­folk Is­land

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Air Chathams has started fly­ing from Auck­land to Nor­folk Is­land and back us­ing a Con­vair 580, which car­ries 50 pas­sen­gers.

For many years Air New Zealand pro­vided the air ser­vice but pulled out in 2017, say­ing it had be­come un­eco­nomic.

A ser­vice on Nor­folk tried to make a go of it but blamed pro­hib­i­tive taxes.

How­ever, Air Chathams’ Duane Emeny has told RNZ Pa­cific that his com­pany is con­fi­dent it can make the route work, ini­tially with one re­turn flight a week, but it has plans to add to this. Nor­folk Is­land is highly re­liant on tourism and New Zealand has al­ways been con­sid­ered a key mar­ket.

Air Chathams gen­eral man­ager Duane Emeny greets Whanganui MP Ch­ester Bor­rows on his ar­rival from Auck­land.

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