Air New Zealand has resumed its services between Auckland and Taupō as well as Wellington and Timaru.
The restarting of flights on these routes is not only good news for the regions they serve, but for Air NZ too - these routes resuming means the airline is now operating to all 20 of the domestic destinations it serviced pre-COVID-19.
Air NZ will operate three return services per week on both routes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
From July 6, this will increase to nine return services per week on both the Taupō and Timaru routes.
Taupō mayor David Trewavas says the return of flights from Auckland is a big deal for the region.
"Our airport remained open throughout the lockdown period, receiving flights carrying essential workers and medical staff, but being able to welcome back visitors from around the country is what we’ve all been waiting for," he said.
Both routes will be serviced by Air NZ De Havilland Dash 8 aircraft.