It has been an Airport since 1939 when the Crown compulsorily acquired the airport land under the Public Works Act at the start of World War II but recent plan changes may give some doubt to its future.
Kapiti Council have approved a private plan change from Kapiti Coast Airport Holdings which will allow houses, supermarkets, a department store, industrial units, and multiple small food outlets to be built on land surrounding Kapiti Airport.
The change has been criticised as potentially fracturing the district's existing town centre, and creating chaos on its busiest road.
New Airport owners Todd Property managing director Evan Davies was pleased with the decision to remove what he called historic and outdated planning.
KCDC councillors approved the hearing panel recommendation which says the consent process was the best place to deal with the impacts of any development.
Coastlands Mall, a competitor to any new businesses, submitted against dropping existing prohibitions around the airport.
Director Richard Mansell says it was taking legal advice on whether it would appeal against the decision.