Kiwi Air pulls out of Queenstown


Ewan Wilson’s Kiwi Air is pulling out of Queenstown.

The writing was probably on the wall last month, when the fledgling airline cut back its Queenstown flights on the in the resort.

Well, now it’s official. The last Kiwi Regional Airlines flight will leave Queenstown on November 30.

In an emailed statement Wilson says the services are unsustainable because of several weather-related cancellations and low passenger bookings.

That’s in marked contrast to its services between Dunedin, Nelson and Hamilton.

“We made a commercial decision to end the scheduled Queenstown flights before they affected the performance of our whole company, but we have left it open to return to the city at a future date, for charters or potential alternative scheduled services.” 

Passengers booked to Queenstown after November 30 will get refunds or “alternative arrangements”.

Staff and contractors “have already been contacted by company management”, Wilson says.

He says Kiwi is considering expanding into Hawkes Bay, Bay of Plenty and Taranaki.