Invercargill the 'vanishing city'

WHERE DID IT GO? Invercargill left off the map.
WHERE DID IT GO? Invercargill left off the map.

Don't know where Invercargill is?

Well, you could be forgiven. Neither, it seems does our national carrier.

Air New Zealand seems to have forgotten about the city famous for oysters and the legendary Burt Munro, despite flying to Invercargill Airport daily.

On an inflight cup, a map depicting New Zealand shows the routes that Air New Zealand flies from Wellington. However, the cup does not feature the services to Invercargill from the capital city, chopping off Invercargill altogether.

The inflight cup says "Wellington is one of our 27 New Zealand destinations" but apparently, Invercargill is not one of them.

For Tim Shadbolt, to hear he was the mayor of a "vanishing city" was quite a surprise.

The national carrier could have saved Local Government New Zealand a job by amalgamating Otago and Southland, he said.

"Maybe Air New Zealand knows something I don't about the restructuring of Otago and Southland councils."

Dunedin and Queenstown both feature on the cup.

Shadbolt, who was catching an Air New Zealand flight to Christchurch yesterday, said he hoped he was served one of the cups so he could ask the air hostess to make a public apology.

He would follow it up with a letter to the airline, he said.

"It is bad enough we don't have an international airport, now we don't have a domestic one either."

In fact, Air New Zealand could not even tell Fairfax Media how many flights they had arriving in and departing from Invercargill.

The airline did not respond when asked if they regarded Invercargill as important.

The did say, however, that the cups were old stock that they were still using, and at the time of production there was not a flight from Wellington to Invercargill.

It was announced just this year that Invercargill airport would have a $13 million upgrade in 2015.

The Southland Times