Passenger numbers going through Invercargill Airport are getting back to where they were pre Covid.
This from Invercargill Airport manager Nigel Finnerty after Air New Zealand announced that it will put on two extra direct flights to Auckland for the upcoming school holidays.
The two return flights will operate this Saturday (17th) and May 1st.
Air New Zealand direct flights to Auckland currently operate Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday using Airbus A320 jet aircraft.
Nigel Finnerty says having the two extra flights will be a great for the airport, great for Southland and great for people who are looking to come and visit family and friends in the south.
He says the extra services will be great for travellers connecting with trans Tasman flights when quarantine free travel to some Australian states resumes next week.
Nigel Finnerty says while business people are still travelling there has been a noticeable change in trend for air travel post Covid with lots more back packs and tramping boots evident with passengers going through the airport.
He says the recovery of the domestic air travel market is good news for outlying areas like Te Anau and Stewart Island.
Nigel Finnerty says passenger numbers going on to Stewart Island indicate that the Island has been very busy. He says this would probably be the best season that Stewart Island has seen.
Nigel Finnerty adds that the airport will be busy again on the weekend of the 22nd of May with two charter flights coming from Auckland for the Bluff Oyster and Food Festival.