News | Living & Travel
18 Mar 2018 1:44
NZCity News
NZCity CalculatorReturn to NZCity

  • Start Page
  • Personalise
  • Sport
  • Weather
  • Finance
  • Shopping
  • Jobs
  • Horoscopes
  • Lotto Results
  • Photo Gallery
  • Site Gallery
  • TVNow
  • Dating
  • SearchNZ
  • NZSearch
  • RugbyLeague
  • Make Home
  • About NZCity
  • Contact NZCity
  • Your Privacy
  • Advertising
  • Login
  • Join for Free

  •   Home > News > Living & Travel

    Air NZ axing Kapiti-Auckland service

    Air New Zealand will stop flying between Auckland and Paraparaumu after Easter, with locals saying some couldn't rely on the service.

    Air New Zealand
    Air New Zealand

    Air New Zealand is axing its Auckland-Kapiti Coast service after Easter, with locals blaming cancellations and delays for undermining confidence in the service.

    After flying the daily route for seven years, its last day will be April 3, the airline confirmed on Friday.

    Two years ago, the privately owned Kapiti Coast Airport at Paraparaumu lost its Air NZ service to Christchurch.

    Kapiti Mayor K Gurunathan says the airline had challenges in delivering a reliable service and that clearly affected travellers' confidence in the service.

    "This news will come as a shock to many who use it, and our thoughts are with the locals whose jobs and businesses are most affected by this decision."

    However, Air NZ wasn't the only airline capable of running services out of the Kapiti Coast Airport and conversations with other airlines are already happening, he said.

    The Kapiti Coast Chamber of Commerce says the loss of flights will leave a large hole in the region's economy.

    "We are particularly disappointed with the airline's decision," said chairwoman Heather Hutchings.

    "Collectively, we've been very open to doing what we can to build an enduring service, however doing this hasn't always been easy in the face of ongoing cancellations and delays.

    "We hear and understand how frustrating this has been for travellers, who have continued to support the flights - especially business commuters."

    Otaki MP Nathan Guy says the axing, with three weeks' notice, "stinks" and the airline has deceived the community.

    "It's hard to believe that the reason Air New Zealand is giving - a lack of pilots - has just crept up on them.

    "I also find it hypocritical of Air New Zealand to have been promoting flights from Kapiti Coast as recently as last weekend when they held an open day at the airport."

    Air Chathams had expressed an interest in taking over the route, and a meeting next week aimed to encourage a new carrier, Mr Guy said.

    © 2018 NZN, NZCity

     Other Living & Travel News
     17 Mar: Justice Minister attends UN council
     15 Mar: Police 'trick' text conviction overturned
     15 Mar: Hamilton council name-change canned
     15 Mar: Gina Haspel: Torture and secrecy in Thailand under Donald Trump's CIA chief nominee
     13 Mar: Givenchy in pictures: The iconic creations of the French fashion designer
     13 Mar: Information on Wainuiomata death wanted
     12 Mar: Faithful dog waits outside Brazilian hospital four months after his homeless owner dies
     Top Stories

    Highlanders beat Crusaders in lively derby More...

    RBNZ expected to hold rate at review More...

     Today's News

    Labor declares victory in the Batman by-election 23:35

    Highlanders beat Crusaders in lively derby 21:55

    John Boyega misses "everything" about London 21:40

    Rugby League:
    Warriors still undefeated after NRL win 21:15

    Mandy Moore never wanted a "big" engagement ring 21:10

    Selena Gomez was "so scared she might die" when she had her kidney transplant 20:40

    Jennifer Lopez was once asked by a director to take her top off 20:10

    Queen Elizabeth has given her official blessing for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to marry 19:40

    Rugby League:
    Hayne needs to find more ball: Arthur 19:35

    Law and Order:
    Hall wins Winter Paralympics gold for NZ 19:25

     News Search

    Power Search

    © 2018 New Zealand City Ltd