Air Chathams starts its flights to Norfolk Island
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.