Air New Zealand is to begin a new service between Westport - Christchurch, mainly to cater for employees at the Stockton opencast mine.
The airline says it's been in discussions with Solid Energy for four years about a potential service. A number of Solid Energy employees regularly travel to the mine from Christchurch.
The service will be on Monday and Friday mornings and evenings from 6 July. It will be operated by an Air New Zealand subsidiary, Eagle Air.