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History revived as Hawke’s Bay-Gisborne route returns

New Zealand aviation’s second oldest domestic route was back in action yesterday.

After announcing it would resume flights between Hawke’s Bay Airport and Gisborne for the first time since Air New Zealand pulled out, Air Napier yesterday began a new direct service.

“It was a positive day,” Air Napier chief executive Shah Aslam said.

“There was fog in Gisborne, which caused a two-hour delay, but outside of that it was smooth.

“We have received a lot of positive responses and feedback, especially from the business community in Gisborne and Napier,” said Mr Aslam, who will be in Gisborne tomorrow for a meeting with the Chamber of Commerce and heads of the local business community.

“We will be loading up flights for the next few weeks by Friday.”

New Zealand’s first regular scheduled passenger service began in 1930 when Air Travel launched a tri-weekly service between Christchurch and Dunedin using a De Havilland DH50 borrowed from the government.

Soon afterwards, Dominion Airlines Ltd began a daily service between Gisborne and Hastings.

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