Barrier Air could withdraw flights to Kaitaia due to low numbers

Barrier Air intends to withdraw its daily flight between Kaitaia and Auckland unless it can boost the number of people using the service. 

The airline introduced new, affordable airfares from $99 each way in a bid to do this and they are available on their website.

They have advised Far North Holdings as well as the Far North District Council of it's intentions.

Non-flexible tickets purchased two weeks before travel now cost $99.00 each way, partially-flexible fares cost $179 each way and cost $30 to change, while fully-flexible tickets cost $199.00 per leg.

All tickets purchased, whether flexible or non-flexible, will be fully refunded if the service is closed down. 

Barrier Air hoped to fill at least half of their seats on each flight, however, they have not been meeting this target since the service started in April this year. They say they are losing a lot of money on the service and cannot afford to carry on for much longer. 

Chief Executive, Michael Foster says he is prepared to hold on for another four months to see if the situation changes.

"We’re hoping there will be a boost to traffic with people travelling to visit friends and family and with a greater number of tourists flying into the region,” he says.

 Barrier Air will also continue to operate medical flights between Whangarei and Kaitaia as part of a commercial arrangement it has with the Northland District Health Board.