Kiwi Regional Airlines flew their first plane in and out of the Nelson Airport this morning. The flight came from Dunedin and was welcomed with a traditional water arch courtesy of the Nelson Airport’s fire department. The airline is the second new airline to Nelson Airport this year. Earlier this year, Originair began flying Nelsonians to and from Palmerston North, while Jetstar is scheduled to provide flights to and from Auckland on December 1, adding a Wellington route in February. These airlines join Air New Zealand, Sounds Air and Air 2 There, already operating out of Nelson Airport.
Dunedin student, Matthew Dawson was on the incoming flight, returning to Nelson for the summer university break. “It was an enjoyable fight, and it’s very handy for students because it’s direct to Nelson and you don’t have to stop over in Christchurch, I know my mates from uni, and I will fly Kiwi Air from now on.” Unfortunately, Matthew got caught out by the baggage allowance difference between Kiwi Regional Airlines and Air New Zealand. Matthew’s was 7.6 kgs overweight so he arrived in the Nelson Airport wearing 14 shirts. “Man, it got hot,” laughs Matthew.
The Kiwi Regional Airlines baggage allowance is 20kg per bag. For more information on Kiwi Regional Airlines or to book a flight, visit: http://flykiwiair.co.nz
Nelson Live/Nelson Weekly 28/October 2015