The recently announced addition of a new Airbus A320 aircraft to Air New Zealand’s domestic fleet will enable the airline to retime the direct morning service between Dunedin and Auckland once the aircraft joins the fleet early next year.
Earlier this month the airline announced a significant investment in new Airbus aircraft including an additional A320 to join its domestic operation. Air New Zealand accelerated the purchase of this 15th domestic A320 to allow improvements to the Dunedin-Auckland schedule.
From March 2015 the airline will operate an earlier direct return service between the two cities with the flight departing Auckland at 7.25am and making the return leg from Dunedin at 9.55am.
Air New Zealand General Manager Networks Richard Thomson says, “We’ve listened to customer feedback from business travellers in particular and we’re pleased that this new aircraft will give us the ability to adjust our current morning schedule to better suit their needs.”
Dunedin International Airport Chief Executive John McCall says, “This is a great result for the travel market between Auckland and Dunedin and in particular the business community which will have more flexibility when planning business trips to and from both cities. We appreciate that Air New Zealand has listened to its customers and know that this announcement will be well received by both business and leisure travellers.”
Air New Zealand continues to work closely with stakeholders in Dunedin to ensure sustainable operations.