Buller District Council

New Airline Service for Buller

22nd January, 2015

The Buller District Council and Sounds Air are delighted to announce their partnership in bringing the West Coast a new airline service following the departure of Air New Zealand in April 2015.

The new service utilises a modern pressurised nine seat aircraft – the Pilatus PC12.


This high class, turbo prop, single engine passenger plane is supported by the renowned Swiss company Pilatus International. The plane has a proven track record and is currently used extensively in both Australia and America. We are excited to bring it to New Zealand for scheduled services. It is an excellent fit for both the volume of passengers we have and the weather and terrain in our region. The plane is fully pressurised and features the latest technology and safety measures. Passengers will notice high levels of comfort and low noise.

The West Coast is heralding a new era in air service with the Council and Sounds Air combining to bring the Westport based service into being. The advantages for Coasters are a schedule which we determine, a guaranteed six year term with rights of renewal, and the potential to negotiate further flights and/or destinations as demand dictates, all within the security of a long term partnership.

We are now able to deliver an improved schedule to residents which meet the needs of our business community alongside options for recreational users.

The schedule is proposed to be:

Departs Arrives Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri Sat Sun
Wpt – Well 6.15am 6.55am X X X X X
Well – Wpt 7.30am 8.10am X X X X X
Wpt – Well 9.00am 9.40am X X
Well – Wpt 3.30pm 4.10pm X X
Wpt – Well 4.50pm 5.30pm X X X X X X
Well – Wpt 6pm 6.40pm X X X X X X


This equates to 26 flights per week – 9 seats per flight.

The internet price is a set price of $199 each way for adults, $179 for children and includes 20kg baggage allowance per person. The anytime online booking system gives customers a sense of security knowing there will be no price fluctuations or hidden additional fees when they choose to fly.

Customers will be able to book services through the Sounds Air website http://www.soundsair.com/ from the 26th January 2015. Or via free phone 0800 505 005 (NZ only), Tel: 64 (0)3 520 3080

Mayor Garry Howard, Sounds Air Managing Director Andrew Crawford and Westport Airport Manager Sonia Cresswell look forward to welcoming the public onto this exciting new service which offers the Buller region security into the future.

Garry Howard and Sonia Cresswell would like to acknowledge the support Air New Zealand has offered over this time of transition, including the sharing of important data and gifting of equipment to the Buller District Council, which will assist in ensuring a seamless transition between the two carriers.


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