Demand for regional flights has been soaring post lockdown. Photo: Supplied.

Originair resumes flights

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Nelson airline Originair will resume its flight schedule from 29 May.

The flights will take place on the Nelson – Palmerston North and Nelson – Wellington routes.

Originair CEO Robert Inglis says the schedule is almost identical to what was on offer prior to lockdown.

“We are offering four flights per day, on four days each week. We have ‘winterised’ the schedule slightly so that the last flights on each day arrive a little earlier as we know people like to get home earlier during the colder months.”

Robert says that the company is very grateful to its passengers for their support and understanding throughout the lockdown and to those who used Originair for charter flights to transport essential services personnel and goods.

He says, to acknowledge the communities in which the company operates and the difficulty many people are currently facing due to unemployment and food insecurity, the airline will donate passenger fare revenues generated from the first week of resumed flights to the Salvation Army. They will, in turn, use the money to support its food banks in Nelson Tasman, Palmerston North and Wellington.

Pastor and Corps Officer for the Salvation Army in Nelson, Major Ken Smith, says that the donation will provide much-needed support at this time.

“Support such as this is greatly appreciated and will help immensely.”

Robert says these are incredibly difficult times for many New Zealanders.

“Every business needs to do its bit in whatever way it can. The Originair team is looking forward to providing scheduled services again and to welcoming travellers onboard its aircraft.”

An updated schedule is available at www.originair.co.nz and all flights are now available for purchase.