‘Proof in the pudding’ for Air NZ’s cheaper Tauranga flights

Flights in and out of the Bay of Plenty just got a whole lot cheaper, exciting business leaders, politicians, and residents.

Air New Zealand has shrunk fares for 41 domestic routes around the country, as part of the biggest overhaul of its domestic pricing structure in more than a decade.

From yesterday, fares between Tauranga and Auckland started at $39, and flights from Tauranga to Wellington at $49.

The prices apply to trips from March 25 onwards.

Bay of Plenty Tourism chief executive Kristin Dunne said the organisation had been working with Air New Zealand to increase leisure travel into the Bay for a while.

Tauranga Chamber Of Commerce chief executive Stan Gregec said: “With the upgraded airport and other recent improvements to services, Tauranga will now be a much more attractive and affordable destination for many.”

“Combined with the extra services that were added into Tauranga by Air New Zealand recently, it should see a huge boost in domestic air travel in and out of Tauranga.”

Tauranga Mayor Greg Brownless said the reduced fares were good for the city but he remained sceptical.

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