Ruapehu scenic flight operator Mountain Air closes after 33 years

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Wed, 24 Mar 2021, 7:04PM
A Mountain Air scenic flight over Tongariro. Photo / File
A Mountain Air scenic flight over Tongariro. Photo / File

Ruapehu scenic flight operator Mountain Air closes after 33 years

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Wed, 24 Mar 2021, 7:04PM

A scenic flight company more than three decades old is shutting down as the ongoing effects of Covid-19 border closures prove too tough to survive.

Mountain Air Volcanic Flights, which operates out of Ruapehu, announced its decision to close this week.

According to its website, Mountain Air was established as a scenic flight operation in 1988.

It is based at the Chateau Airfield on the edge of Tongariro National Park and has been owned by Bhrent and Kathy Guy since 2007.

Bhrent Guy told the Rotorua Daily Post closing the business was an "incredibly difficult" decision to make but "once we made it I saw the sense of it".

"When you've invested so much into a business - time, effort, money - you want to keep it going."

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