Opinion: Below The Radar

Apr 22, 2020
1482 Views

On April 9th Airways announced on its website that it was “considering withdrawing air traffic services at seven regional aerodromes”, Invercargill being one.

This went largely unreported as it quietly slipped under the radar with stories of Covid-19 swamping the main-stream media.

It wasn’t till April 14th that the public became more aware, via social media, of this issue when New Plymouth’s mayor, Neil Holdom started a petition against the proposal.

Since then, from a public perception point of view, our local council appears to have been missing in action over this.

To cut to the chase, I took it upon myself to contact our local, and several other, MPs to express my concerns about how the closure would affect the southern region.

Clearly air safety is paramount, but I fear for our future air services, especially the hard-fought-for A320 service.

Yes – the government agreement to provide funding to the tune of $900 million to Air NZ if necessary includes a clause aimed at protecting regional air services. That clause is pretty loose however – “the agreement safeguards the domestic network, with flights assured to all current destinations.”

But what the agreement overlooks is that Air NZ will not, I understand, fly A320 passenger services into airports that don’t have local air traffic control.

So – no control tower – no more direct flight services to Auckland post Covid-19!

Losing the well patronised A320 flights would have a huge negative impact on our local economy. And of course other flights might still be cut back.

Our “well being” government has already “stolen” our SIT.

We must not let them now steal this essential infrastructure and associated air services in our region.

By Rick Harvey.

Got an opinion piece?
We welcome opinion pieces up to 300 words. with you name.
Please email to [email protected]

Terms and Conditions:

  • Your name will be published as author.
  • We do not publish nom de plumes.
  • Full name, address, and mobile number must be included (not published)
  • whatsoninvers.nz reserve the right to publish or not publish any supplied content at whatsoninvers.nz discretion and no further correspondence will be entered into.
H&J Smith The Latest Victim Of Covid-19: 175 Staff Affected
Business, News
4131 views
Business, News
4131 views

H&J Smith The Latest Victim Of Covid-19: 175 Staff Affected

News Desk - May 25, 2020

After 120 years in business, H&J Smith is planning to close or downsize all of its stores other than its…

Watch: Post Cabinet Covid-19 Media Update
Covid-19, News
620 views
Covid-19, News
620 views

Watch: Post Cabinet Covid-19 Media Update

News Desk - May 25, 2020

There will be a 4pm post Cabinet media conference from the Prime Minister and the Director-General of Health. Update on COVID-19…

No New Covid cases in NZ, Day 37 None In Southern
Covid-19, News
291 views
Covid-19, News
291 views

No New Covid cases in NZ, Day 37 None In Southern

News Desk - May 25, 2020

Once again, there are no new cases of COVID-19 to report in New Zealand today. Our total number of confirmed…

ILT Confirms 48 Staff Made Redundant In Post Covid Restructuring
Community, Covid-19
2402 views
Community, Covid-19
2402 views

ILT Confirms 48 Staff Made Redundant In Post Covid Restructuring

News Desk - May 25, 2020

Following a consultation process, ILT has confirmed staff restructuring due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Chief executive Chris Ramsay said the…

Stuff’d Chief Executive Sinead Boucher Buys Company For $1
Business, News
656 views
Business, News
656 views

Stuff’d Chief Executive Sinead Boucher Buys Company For $1

News Desk - May 25, 2020

Stuff chief executive Sinead Boucher has purchased Stuff from its Australian owners Nine Entertainment for $1. Sinead Boucher, chief executive…