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Norfolk Island Airlines shuts down a year after launch

Norfolk Island Airlines shuts down a year after launch
Norfolk Island Airlines shuts down a year after launch
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Norfolk Island Airlines made its final flight last week, just a year after being launched.

The airline was set up to ensure direct flights to New Zealand continued after Air New Zealand stopped flying that route, RNZI reports. It was also flying to Brisbane.

Prohibitive taxes meant the airline discontinued the New Zealand flights in January.

The chief executive, Glen Buffett, said they found the raft of expenses resulting from Canberra’s direct control of the island too onerous.

“Within the system changes here there are lot of things imposed in the last year that we weren’t aware of and in trying to deal with those one by one and in the end it’s just proven to be too difficult and not sustainable,” said Glen Buffet.

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