Taupo – Wellington air service secured

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

24 April 2015
Taupo District Council has signed a deal with Sounds Air to fly the Taupo – Wellington route Air New Zealand abandons at the end of this month.

The six-year agreement will see the Marlborough-based air operator provide at least three return flights on each week day and two return flights on Saturdays and Sundays, starting as soon as possible. In return, the council will guarantee the first three seats per flight. A regular review period has been built into the agreement to ensure the arrangements are working for both parties.

The 45-minute flights would be on a nine-seater Pilatus PC12 – a single-engine, turboprop plane widely used in Australia and the United States and manufactured in Switzerland.

There would be a fixed price of $219 per flight regardless of when booked. Concessions for 10 flights at $209 per seat would also be available.