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Oamaru back on the flight radar

Published: 7:16PM Sunday August 06, 2006 Source: One News

Oamaru is back on the airline industry's radar screens with the return of regular commercial flights, but the first trip was not without hiccups.

The South Island town's first commercial flight in 17 years was plagued by fog, however the bad weather was short lived.

An hour later and the Spirit of Waitaki glided into Oamaru, with a group of very excited former Oamaruvians onboard.

Ten flights will operate to and from Christchurch every week.

"The business people are really thrilled with it.  With the increased price of fuel and all those sort of things coming on board, to be able to fly and not waste three hours getting to Christchurch driving, is just tremendous," Waitaki Deputy Mayor Pam Spite says.

Oamaru residents are hoping the new service will bring more people into the town.