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Regional airline Sounds Air has proposed a new regular, scheduled service between Christchurch and Wanaka airports, starting almost immediately.

This is a confidential, independent survey to measure the market/community reaction to such a service. Your individual answers will not be shared (we're not asking for your name or contact details). The survey will take you three minutes to complete. Thank you in advance for your time.

So what is proposed?
Sounds Air is proposing a scheduled service which would provide a direct link between Christchurch and Wanaka airports, with up to 15 return flights a week and flights every day (up to 3 per day). Flying time will be approximately 45 minutes, and fares will range from $169 to $279 each way.  Booking will be via Sounds Air's website or 0800 phone line.

The Christchurch to Wanaka sector will be operated in their Pilatus PC12 9 seater, pressurised aircraft.  These planes cruise at up to 30 thousand feet with nine passengers who can bring 20kg of luggage each.

When and how can the flights start?
This service can be up and running within six weeks. No additional infrastructure is required at Wanaka Airport - Sounds Air will use the existing runway, terminal building and local staff. They have aircraft on standby ready to run this service.

Who is Sounds Air?
Sounds Air is a private company which has been operating for over 32 years. Pre-Covid-19 Sounds Air carried 115,000 passengers each year between airports including Wellington, Picton, Nelson, Blenheim, Taupo, Westport, Christchurch and Kapiti. The company currently operates a fleet six Pilatus PC12’s and four Cessna Caravans.

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* 2. What is your reaction to each aspect aspect of the proposed service?

  Strongly negative Negative Neutral/no opinion Positive Strongly positive
Flights directly linking CHC and WKA
Daily flights
Up to 15 return flights per week
9 seater turbo-prop aircraft
Using existing infrastructure at Wanaka Airport
Ticket price between $169 and $279 each way
Ability to connect with other flights in CHC
Impact on the economy of Wanaka/Upper Clutha
Impact on the community in Wanaka/Upper Clutha
A turbo prop service at existing Wanaka Airport (instead of a new jet airport)

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* 3. If introduced, how many times might you fly this route (one way) each year? (Use slider, or type number in box on right)

Never/No flights 50 flights 100+ flights
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* 4. When travelling with others, how many people would usually be in your travel party in total? (Use slider, or type number in box on right)

N/A 5 10
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* 5. Please take a moment to provide us with any further feedback, ideas, suggestions, concerns or thoughts about this proposed service

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* 6. For statistical purposes, which of the following describes you? (choose as many as apply to you)

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* 7. Finally, what is your age?

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