Rotorua Airport welcomes new Wellington service


March 16, 2018

Rotorua Airport welcomes new Wellington service

Rotorua Airport is welcoming today’s announcement Air New Zealand is reinstating its early morning flight from Rotorua to Wellington, saying it shows what can be achieved when the city works together.

Rotorua Airport chief executive Mark Gibb says the announcement comes after strong lobbying from the community, Rotorua Airport, the business sector, Rotorua Lakes Council and Mayor Steve Chadwick.

From April 4, the schedule will include a 7am flight from Rotorua to Wellington on weekdays, enabling travellers to reach meetings in Wellington that morning.

As a result, Rotorua Airport will have early morning start up flights to Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch opening opportunities travellers.

“This not only supports the business sector, but visitors and the wider community, providing more options for travel on any given day.

“We know this will make a significant difference to those who regularly travel to Wellington, especially for business.

“The demand has been clear from our business community and it is important that the service is now utilised, in order to sustain it.”

Mr Gibb says the news comes on top of a strong performance from Rotorua Airport over the past year. In the year to December 31, 2017, the airport recorded its highest number of passenger movements since 2008 – with 241,303 people travelling through the airport.

In December, the number of aviation movements also peaked at its highest monthly total since records began in 2012, with 537 aircraft using the airport over the month.

“These numbers reflect the hard work at the airport, Council and Destination Rotorua, to ensure our city best fits the needs of travellers.

“The announcement of the new 7am Wellington flight will be another boost to this effect.”