Use it or lose it, they say.
Regular fliers to the regions — Nelson, Napier, New Plymouth and Palmerston North — have enjoyed cheaper airfares in recent years. And it's all thanks to Jetstar operating Q300 turboprops on those regional routes. So today's announcement that the Australia-based airline will ground those services from December 1 will have a deep effect. (It's worth noting, there's no change to their jet fleet services in Queenstown and the big centres.)
Personally, I've always loved flying on Jetstar. It's cheap, and it gets you there as often as the more expensive one.