Air New Zealand hopes of flying domestic services out of Whenuapai Air Force base have been shot down by Defence Minister Ron Mark as "half-baked" who says the plan would face enormous opposition from residents.

The airline has done modelling work and says some routes would be viable from a commercial airfield running with the military operation. It would help save passengers money as they face the prospect of higher charges at Auckland Airport.

Air New Zealand chief executive Christopher Luxon said his customers had made it "loud and clear that the transport infrastructure to get to and from Auckland

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