Few tears will be shed in the regions at the departure of Christopher Luxon as chief executive of Air New Zealand.

Under his watch, the supposedly "national" airline lost sight of its national responsibilities and abandoned regional centres such as Whakatāne to a future without connecting flights to the Air New Zealand network.

Eyebrows have also been raised at the reasons given by Luxon for his decision to give up his Air New Zealand post.


He has let it be known that he has in mind a potential political career - and not just any old political career but