Last flight between Oamaru and Chch takes off

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Mainland Air’s last flights between Oamaru and Christchurch ran yesterday afternoon with only a few passengers on board.

The company announced on Wednesday they would be ending their service between the two towns after the first flight took off on June 4.

Because pilot Sven Thelning has already started a new job at a dairy farm, pilots Jordan Kean and Dan Veale operated the last flight.

Mr Kean said they were excited because it would be their first and last time.

Mainland Air chief executive Shirley Kean said Sunday was not a sad day because she was happy they had given the venture a go.

“We’re good as gold. It had to be tried.”

While they had no plans for doing it again in the future, anything was possible, she said.

They had no regrets about starting the service but soon found there was not a need for it in the community, Mrs Kean said.

“We’re not disappointed at all.”

There were no passengers on the flight from Oamaru to Christchurch but there were a few returning.

The last flight, from Christchurch to Oamaru, was due to have landed at about 6.30pm.

Mainland Air will continue to operate flights out of Dunedin and chartered flights to Oamaru will remain.

By RUBY HARFIELD

PHOTO: RUBY HARFIELD

LAST FLIGHT: Pilots Jordan Kean (left) and Dan Veale about take off in Mainland Air’s last flight from Oamaru to Christchurch yesterday.