The National Airways Corporation took over Air Travel (NZ) Ltd’s West Coast services from Hokitika to South Westland and to Nelson on the 1st of October 1947, some six months after NAC had begun operating under its own licence on the 1st of April 1947. Up to that point Air Travel had operated a Hokitika-Greymouth-Westport-Nelson service however the new NAC service overflew Greymouth.
|First Day Cover for the first NAC flight Hokitika-Westport-Nelson|
|NAC Cook Strait and Wesr Coast services timetable effective 9 August 1948, the first time Greymouth appeared.|
|Fox Moth ZK-AGM about to depart Greymouth for Westport. Photo : D Walker|
NAC operated three Fox Moths, ZK-AEK (c/n 4033), ZK-AGM (TS2810, ZK-ASP (c/n 4097). All three Fox Moths saw service with Air Travel, the latter being previously registered as ZK-ADI before being impressed into RNZAF service as NZ566.
The Fox Moth service was temporary, however, as plans were well underway for a new airport at Hokitika. The new Seaview airport opened on the 17th of December 1951, though Dominies were able to operate from the new airport before the official opening. The opening also marked the extension of the Lodestar service to Westport southward to Hokitika and the introduction of the larger Lodestar marked the end of NAC services to Greymouth. From this point on a road link between Greymouth town centre and Hokitika Airport was established to connect with NAC’s scheduled flights.
|Fox Moth ZK-AGM at Greymouth with Commander Frank Molloy in overalls. Does anyone know the occasion and who the other people are in the photo.|
|Preparing the NAC service... mail bags and luggage|
|The Greymouth "terminal" facilities...|