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Air New Zealand’s decision to include Queenstown in its flight schedules at Alert Level 2 is fantastic news for the community, Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker says.

“We have many people from throughout Southland and Otago who use the airport for various reasons,” Mr Walker says.

“This includes travelling for lifesaving medical appointments, visiting family and friends throughout the country, commuting for work and thousands of migrants who need to get home.”

“I have heard from many of these people who have told me their individual stories as to why flights in and out of Queenstown Airport are so vital to them.”

“These flights will also go a long way in restarting our local economy and bringing people back to our region.”

“A huge thank you must go to Air New Zealand for listening to the almost 5,500 people who signed my petition and identifying the needs for flights in our region.”

“For Air New Zealand to include these services when they are still not commercially viable shows they are committed to supporting us here in the south.”

“Physical distancing will still be required on these flights but we look forward to the Government reviewing this in future.”

“If Queenstown is to get through this Covid-19 pandemic we need visitors coming south, and these flights will enable this.”

“This is great news and a great step in the right direction in getting our economy back up and running.”

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