|Hubs||Wellington International Airport|
|Headquarters||Picton, New Zealand|
|Key people||Cliff Marchant (Director/Owner), Andrew Crawford (Managing Director/Owner), Steve Handyside (Director/Owner)|
Sounds Air is a New Zealand airline based at Picton. The airline was founded in 1986 by Cliff and Diane Marchant with a vision to provide low cost flights to the Marlborough Sounds. The airline has a maintenance facility at the Feilding aerodrome 15 kilometres northwest of Palmerston North as well as Omaka aerodrome with its Sounds Aero Maintenance division based there.
From a single Cessna Caravan operating one route across the Cook Straight, Sounds Air has grown in 30 years; the airline carried 78,000 passengers in 2015, compared to 14,000 passengers in 2003. In 2008 the airline set up its own maintenance division as the airline could not find a company suitable to maintain its fleet. In 2017, Sounds Air signalled that they were looking at buying twin engine planes for the first time: up to three 19-seater Beech 1900 aircraft to support extra demand for the Blenheim to Christchurch route.
Sounds Air operates scheduled flights between Wellington and Picton, Nelson, Blenheim, Taupo and Westport. Scheduled flights are also available between Blenheim and Christchurch,Napier and Paraparaumu. Nelson also has flights to Paraparaumu. Sounds Air formerly served Kaikoura and Whanganui from Wellington and Kapiti Coast from Picton. A service to Masterton was being considered from Wellington, however no such service eventuated, because the town wanted the link to Auckland reinstated instead. In addition to scheduled flights Sounds Air offers scenic flights over the Marlborough Sounds and Abel Tasman National Park. The airline started temporary services to Kaikoura from Christchurch and Blenheim on 21 November 2016 following the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake. The Kaikoura to Christchurch flights ceased from 27 January 2017 followed by the Blenheim flights on 29 December 2017. From this date onwards Kaikoura will become a charter route only.
Sounds Air operates scheduled services to the following destinations within New Zealand:
As of November 2016 Sounds Air operates the following aircraft:
|Cessna 208 Caravan||12|
|Cessna 208B Grand Caravan||12|