7/08/2014 12:00:00 a.m.
7 August 2014
Just four months after the introduction of the larger 50-seat Q300 aircraft on the morning Auckland-Rotorua return schedule, Air New Zealand has announced the Q300 will also be added to the route’s afternoon schedule from 9 February 2015.
The Q300 provides 31 more seats per flight than the smaller Beech 1900 aircraft - equivalent to a 30 per cent increase in passenger capacity, or 16,000 additional seats per year.
From February the Q300 will fly to and from Rotorua twice daily on weekdays. Flights will leave Auckland at 8.35am and 4.25pm, and depart Rotorua at 9.35am and 5.40pm.
Rotorua International Airport chief executive Alistair Rhodes said Q300 flights introduced in February had proven popular with travellers – particularly business travellers – prompting the addition of more capacity on the service.
“The introduction of the Q300 aircraft on this key route not only means more seats on offer but more cheaper fare options available.
“It’s an efficient and cost-effective schedule for locals and visitors alike and it means that business travellers in particular will be able to make a daily round-trip on the larger aircraft.
“These schedule changes are significant and positive developments for Rotorua, making it even easier and more economical to get to and from Auckland for international connections, or travelling domestically for business or pleasure.
“The airport, alongside its key stakeholders, partners and Air New Zealand, has been working hard to secure an afternoon flight with the Q300 and we are pleased to see that this development has come to fruition. It’s a real win for the region and the local economy,” said Mr Rhodes.