Nelson is pulling out all the stops to impress Jetstar in a bid to bring the low-fare airline to the region. Nelson airport chief executive officer Rob Evans said a final proposal for Jetstar to consider flying to Nelson would be sent at the end of the week. He believed Nelson posed a "good business case" to the airline.
Jetstar conducted a roadshow across New Zealand visiting seven potential regions to fly from. Of the seven, the airline will pick four terminals, with flights commencing in December this year.
A social media campaign encouraging people from each region to prove why their destination is best has evoked plenty of involvement from Nelsonians who have commented on a Facebook post by the airline asking what there is to do in Nelson.
Janice Feyen suggested an action-packed day, starting with breakfast at the Boatshed then taking the ferry trip across the Haven to climb the lighthouse, followed by some op-shopping, then fish and chips and a walk on the Boulder Bank, "it's wild and beautiful."
Julie Maslin-Caradus wrote: "High tea on the veranda at Melrose House, a beautiful restored historic building situated in gorgeous gardens."
The post has over 260 comments including descriptions and pictures of the region.
Evans said Nelson Airport was also "engaging on Facebook" to drive Nelson's campaign further. https://www.facebook.com/NelsonAirport300
Photo - Martin de Ruyter Rob Evans Nelson Airport CEO at Nelson Airport.