Air New Zealand is getting ready to launch trial flights on a route between Palmerston North and Nelson. The trial flights will operate twice daily and will begin on July 12. Tickets are already on sale for the flights and start at $79 one-way. The service on the route was last operated in 2008 and is being brought back after successful negotiations between the airline and Palmerston North. The announcement of the new flights comes one day after the airport company chairman Derek Walker announced they would be looking for more domestic flights.
Air New Zealand's Chief Operations Officer Bruce Parton said that the new link between Palmerston North and Nelson has been identified as a good opportunity for growth. The two daily return services will be operated during peak times, which means they will suit both business and leisure travelers. On Sundays there will only be one return flight and the flight duration is 45 minutes. The service will be operated by subsidiaries Eagle Airways and Air Nelson.
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