27 Oct 2016

Niue looking for more Air New Zealand flights

8:13 pm on 27 October 2016
Matavai Resort, Niue

Matavai Resort, Niue Photo: RNZI

The Niue Government is in talks with Air New Zealand over extending its flights to the island.

Currently the airline flies two aircraft to the island once a week through the tourism high season from April to October, with just a single weekly flight for the remainder of the year.

But with the island's growing tourism industry it wants two flights a week all year round.

The Premier Toke Talagi said they were also factoring in bigger aircraft being used and he believed the island can cater for a further surge in tourist numbers.

With the expansion of Matavai [the island's only hotel] as well as people doing their own accommodation, that should not really be an issue, although I suspect there will be occasions when people will have difficulty trying to get bookings and accommodation at the same time, but let's see how that develops.

Toke Talagi said Niue, which underwrites the current Air New Zealand flights, would need to be careful not to over commit itself to higher subsidies.