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First Queenstown night flight lands

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 23/05/2016

The first commercial evening flight into Queenstown has landed, albeit more than an hour later than scheduled.

Air New Zealand flight NZ613 touched down just before 7.30pm, delayed from its scheduled arrival time of 6.15pm.

A Queenstown Airport spokesman told NZ Newswire the flight had been delayed to allow clear skies for filming opportunities.

Once the flight arrived in Queenstown it faced a quick turnaround, and was due to depart for Auckland before 8.30pm.

Extensive work had been done to upgrade the Queenstown runway, airfield lighting, airline procedures and training in preparation for the new service.

Air New Zealand spokesman Cam Wallace said it was an exciting time to launch the service, just before the winter ski season.

The airline's full evening schedule will take effect from July 3.

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