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Eagle Air to Suspend Oamaru - Christchurch Flights

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Air New Zealand subsidiary Eagle Air is to suspend its services between Oamaru and Christchurch from 1 January 2010.

"Despite the best efforts of Eagle Air in conjunction with the Waitaki District Council, passenger loads on our Oamaru-Christchurch service have averaged 45% over the past six months," said Eagle Air General Manager, Carrie Hurihanganui. "This is the equivalent of flying 63 empty return trips with the 19-seater Jetstream aircraft over the past six months and we can no longer afford to sustain the significant losses being incurred."

Eagle Air and the Waitaki District Council confirmed that meetings would take place quarterly to identify future opportunities should the market grow.

"The Waitaki District Council is obviously disappointed that the service is being suspended, but has appreciated the way that Eagle Air has worked with us to look at all options," said Waitaki District Deputy Mayor, Gary Kircher.

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