New Plymouth Mayor Neil Holdom joins Magic Talk Drive following the announcement from Jetstar that they will be ending some regional services.
This is the second blow to the area as the Government's ban on oil and gas exploration impacts upon the local industry.Holdom tells Ryan that he is, “obviously disappointed, but the airline industry is a really tough place to operate.”
We’ve kind of known that Jetstar has always really been marginal.
When it comes to businesses being affected by the airlines decision to pull out, Holdom notes that Air NZ has committed to providing Jetstar customers affected by the decision cheap flights on the same days and times.
The Mayor is confident that the airport and businesses will not be too adversely affected by the announcement.
We’ve got 470,000 passengers through our regional airport per year.
He further explains that Jetstar accounts for 10 percent of those annual passengers.
The interview then moves to the Government's plans for the region to replace the money that oil and gas exploration afforded the region with new technology centres.
Well, I think the reality we’ve got the opportunity to transition the engineering capability here into being a place that solves the issue.
Before the interview ends the Mayor confirms he has spoken with representatives from the airport, Air NZ and Jetstar in order to minimise disruption to the region.
You can watch the full interview above.