Air New Zealand has announced increasing capacity on one regional route and axing flights on two loss-making routes, as a reaction to prevailing market conditions.
The airline will increase capacity between Auckland and Rotorua from February 2014 by introducing a larger Bombardier Q300 aircraft on the route. The 50-seat Q300 will replace the 19-seat Beech 1900D on weekday morning flights.
Rotorua, about 140 miles southeast of Auckland, is famous for its geysers, lakes, bubbling hot mud pools and Maori culture.
Air New Zealand is also suspending two loss-making regional routes due to lack of demand.
From February 2014, Air New Zealand will cease operating its Beech 1900D flights between Masterton, in the Wairarapa region near Wellington and Auckland.
The airline is also axing its five flights per week between Wanganui and Wellington in December 2013.