5 Apr 18: New Wellington flight launched

Fridays are about to get even busier at Hamilton Airport with the introduction of an extra weekly flight to and from Wellington.

The additional Air New Zealand flight to Wellington launches this Friday (April 6) leaving Hamilton at 12.55pm. There is also an additional inbound flight from Wellington into Hamilton on the 68-seat seat ATR aircraft, arriving at 1.45pm.

In February Waikato Regional Airport Ltd which owns Hamilton Airport, announced a 13 per cent increase in passengers across core routes (Wellington, Christchurch, Palmerston North). Chief executive Mark Morgan said the additional flights meant more than 1,100 passengers would be passing through the airport’s gates each Friday, making it the busiest day of the week.

“Planes have been going out of Hamilton to Wellington quite full and so the additional 136 seats each week will be very welcome,” he said.

“Fares are very competitive to Wellington; I’ve seen them as low as $19. That’s certainly been reflected in the increasing numbers of travellers going to and from the capital.”

There are now 51 flights between Hamilton and Wellington each week. In total Hamilton Airport has 150 flights (75 arrivals and 75 departures) weekly offering 4,700 seats each way to three direct locations around New Zealand.

Waikato Regional Airport Limited is a council-controlled organisation owned by Hamilton City, Otorohanga, Waipa, Waikato and Matamata-Piako District Councils. It is the umbrella for subsidiary companies Hamilton Airport, Hamilton and Waikato Tourism and Titanium Park Limited.

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For further information call: Mark Morgan, WRAL chief executive, 027 562 3351