On Monday the first commercial flight out of Masterton in almost 10 years left at 7.05 am.
The service has been commenced by An Air New Zealand subsidiary, Eagle Air on six days a week to Auckland. Hood aerodrome underwent an upgrade costing $1.2 million.
It should be noted here that it is the time when Air New Zealand is scaling back operations in some other centers and the new route is starting.
Eagle Air says, "There is demand for the service and the indications are that it will be well supported."