Fifteen months since New Caledonia no longer maintained a regular air link with New Zealand. This refers to the event that marked the transportation of goods on Thursday between Auckland and Dontouta. It will be updated every week until October 28th.
Finally, good news for the aviation front. This Thursday, June 24, at 2pm, an Aircel flight from Dontouta to Auckland took off and is expected to return at 9pm. There is no question of carrying or returning passengers, health restrictions are enforced. But the purpose of the flight was to carry cargo between Kylo and the Land White Long Cloud.
This is the first cargo flight that many will follow as it opens its weekly service scheduled every Thursday from October 28th. Enough to make life easier for many Caledonian professionals, forcing them to go through almost cross country routes, and extending the deadline, bringing certain items into the country.
Fruits and vegetables
“This is a real opportunity for New Caledonia and the company, as this new cycle will allow for the direct distribution of fresh fruits and vegetables from New Zealand, seafood, dairy products …”, Lists in a press release from Aircel.
Fresh flowers and laying eggs
Also re-announced imports of spare parts, fresh flowers, or laying eggs! The company notes that some laboratory products will be shipped directly from Auckland.
Only one plane
There has been no regular flight between New Zealand and Dontouta for fifteen months. The only planes carried out in the wake of the Covit-19 and border closures were temporary, especially for the repatriation of Caledonians stranded in Kiwi.
How is this resumption of the cargo cycle possible? Erglin explains that it was selected by the New Zealand Ministry of Transport as part of a project “International Air Link”. It is based on the financial assistance mechanism for operators maintaining or establishing international air links with New Zealand.
Tokyo and Sydney
Until then, the only regular connections operated by Aircel were three services each week to Tokyo in Japan and two cycles with Sydney in Australia. “With the highest filling rates”, Company comments, “Some products face long delivery times, which can cause very serious problems for private or public New Caledonian operators.”