8 Jan 2010

More flights to Hokitika wanted

8:02 am on 8 January 2010

The company that owns Hokitika airport says it's time for Air New Zealand to increase flights there by its Eagle Air subsidiary to match a rising demand for seats.

The airport got a $350,000 makeover last year, in anticipation of an increase in the number of tourists using Hokitika as a gateway to the West Coast.

Eagle Air currently flies a 19-seater aircraft between Hokitika and Christchurch about four times per day. It says most flights are 80% full.

Airport company chairman Bruce Smith says there is a huge opportunity to link with Wellington, Queestown and Wanaka.

The airline says that if it sees demand improving, it will consider increasing either the frequency of flights or aircraft size.