The first air transport to connect Stewart Island and the mainland was Stewart Island Air Service, operating an amphibian aircraft. The plane landed in the harbor and taxied up the beach to the local hotel. This operation was succeeded by Southern Air Ltd with the establishment of an airstrip at Ryan's Creek. Stewart Island Flights is a subsidiary of South East Air, which was foundered in 1993. Today, Stewart Island Flights is locally owned and operated providing scheduled flights linking Stewart Island and Invercargill as well as a number of exciting alternative providing access to the more remote reaches of the island.
We proudly operate two Britten Norman Islander aircraft, one Piper Cherokee Six aircraft and one Cessna 185. All aircraft are maintained to the highest standard and fulfill all safety requirements.