Air New Zealand launched daily flights from Christchurch to Paraparaumu on 4 November using Air Nelson's DHC-8-Q300s. Souvenirs and cupcakes were available for passengers on the first flight. Seen posing in front of the inaugural flight are (left to right): Pip Sinclair, Air Nelson/Air New Zealand Kapiti Coast Airport Manager; Kevin Smith (obscured), Kapiti Coast Operations Manager; Kelvin Duff, Air Nelson; Matthew Findlay, Christchurch Airport, GM Aeronautical Business Development; Chris Barber, Managing Director, Kapiti Tourism; Sir Noel Robinson, Kapiti Coast Airport Chairman; His Worship the Mayor of Kapiti Coast, Ross Church; and Ian Collier, Air New Zealand Regional Affairs Manager.
- Air New Zealand has introduced daily flights between Christchurch (CHC) and Paraparaumu (PPQ), also known as Kapiti Coast Airport, located on the southern tip of New Zealand’s north island. The 350-kilometre service, which launched on Monday 4 November, will be operated by Air New Zealand subsidiary Air Nelson’s DHC-8-Q300s without competition. The same combination already serves Auckland from Paraparaumu with twice-daily flights.