Palmerston North Mayor Grant Smith says the new flights will be much welcomed and make access to Nelson and the South Island much easier for businesses as well as residents.
"Like other carriers, we will lay out the red carpet for Originair and welcome competition which will benefit everyone travelling through our regional airport," he says.
David Lanham chief executive of Palmerston North Airport says they are excited about the re-establishment of the popular non-stop air service between Palmerston North and Nelson. They are equally proud of the fact that Originair's aircraft will be operated and maintained by Palmerston North Airport based Fieldair Engineering Ltd.
"The team at Fieldair have over 60 years of experience in the provision of quality aircraft maintenance services and in commercial air operations in New Zealand," he says. "It's a great coup for our city and region to attract both Originair's air services and support contract."
Robert Inglis owner of Origin Air Ltd says there will be two return flights to Nelson from Palmerston North each weekday and one flight each way on Saturdays and Sundays.
The new airline will run two, twin-turbo prop pressurised 19-seat Jetstreams between the two regions and employ 20 new staff between the two locations.
"The website and reservation system is already live so people can book their flights today at www.Originair.nz," Mr Inglis said.