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Direct Auckland to Invercargill announced.

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Old Dec 13, 18, 4:51 pm
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Direct Auckland to Invercargill announced.

Invercargill getting A320's 5x weekly from Auckland.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/news/...sPSLgVx0hfFZYA
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Old Dec 13, 18, 5:15 pm
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About blimmin time! The community has been desperate for direct flights to AKL. I know lots of people who travel to ZQN and DUD to take advantage of the direct flights.


I don't think they will have any problem filling it.
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Old Dec 13, 18, 6:23 pm
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Good timings to be able to make meetings but still avoid overnights in Akld too....
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Old Dec 13, 18, 9:14 pm
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Wow that is great news - i often have driven to ZQN to get a direct flight rather than pay $600 OW to get back to AKL
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Old Dec 13, 18, 10:09 pm
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Awesome. Great alternative to Queenstown and it's a step closer to Stewart Island. Hope the service stands the test of time.
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Old Dec 13, 18, 10:22 pm
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Originally Posted by NZbutterfly View Post
Awesome. Great alternative to Queenstown...
It used to be the "fun" alternative to ZQN if you missed the curfew!!

I remember the 737 service to IVC from WLG in the 1980's. The return flight stopped in DUD on the way back.
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Old Dec 14, 18, 12:34 am
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Originally Posted by WLG Base View Post
It used to be the "fun" alternative to ZQN if you missed the curfew!!

I remember the 737 service to IVC from WLG in the 1980's. The return flight stopped in DUD on the way back.
I have to admit I'd still rather get to my destination late and wake up where I am supposed to be than stuffing around returning to Auckland or wherever and having to do it all again the next day. As they say, better late than never!
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Old Dec 14, 18, 8:44 am
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Presumably this means IVC now has security screening.
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Old Dec 14, 18, 9:33 am
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Originally Posted by Kiwi Flyer View Post
Presumably this means IVC now has security screening.
Along with full baggage screening facilities.
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Old Dec 14, 18, 11:49 am
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IVC sold its air bridges a few years ago, does the 320 board with stairs?
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Old Dec 14, 18, 12:24 pm
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IVC sold its air bridges a few years ago, does the 320 board with stairs?
Yip.
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Old Dec 14, 18, 12:37 pm
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Fantastic! That will be fun with a polar blast and rain!
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Old Dec 14, 18, 12:53 pm
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Fantastic! That will be fun with a polar blast and rain!
No different to every winter day at ZQN now!
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Old Dec 14, 18, 1:25 pm
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I remember the ATR air bridge at IVC. Great until it hit the side of the plane
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Old Dec 14, 18, 6:22 pm
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I wonder if the delayed start date is to allow for terminal alterations, or reconfiguration given it is a new building and this scenario must have been expected to happen at some stage by the 'learned visionaries' who designed and approved it (or maybe not, given these are the same people who got rid of the air bridges and mezanine floor!).

The place will be packed at 6am as there are turboprop flights that leave around then to CHC and WLG also and it gets busy already. I find it difficult to see how the current space could be reconfigured suitably so maybe another building project to cater to the need to seperate security screened passengers - what about the Koru Lounge?.
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