Air New Zealand launches route between Auckland and Kapiti Coast

Kapiti Coast Airport’s owner Sir Noel Robinson was delighted to step off the inaugural flight from Auckland to his airport. Following him down the steps was Kapiti mayor Jenny Rowan. Air New Zealand’s 18 weekly flights are operated by Air Nelson with 50-seat Q300s. (Many thanks to Murray Short,  mjanda images , for the great photos!)

  • Air New Zealand relaunched domestic services from Auckland (AKL) to Paraparaumu (PPQ) on North Island’s Kapiti Coast. Flights on the 430-kilometre route operate 18 times weekly with 50-seat Q300 aircraft belonging to Air Nelson. The route was last operated by Air New Zealand 1994-1995 and thereafter by Associated Airlines 1995-1998. Air Nelson General Manager Grant Kerr commented: “We expect the daily service to see strong interest from both business and leisure travellers throughout the Kapiti district. The new service is also likely to benefit many Wellington-based travellers who may find it easier to go to Paraparaumu rather than travel through the city to Wellington Airport.”


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