Air New Zealand is doubling down on its push to fly out of Whenuapai, releasing some detail of analysis it's done on domestic flights and saying it could help expand its regional network.

Although there are massive hurdles to start-up services from the Air Force base - including strong pushback from Defence Minister Ron Mark and furious opposition from residents' representatives - the airline said it got ''a lot'' of positive feedback from customers today after floating the idea.

It also has conditional backing from a potential investor in developing a commercial airport at the base and other airlines who

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