Sir Noel Robinson, the former owner of Kapiti Coast Airport, says Air New Zealand's move to scrap its Kapiti to Auckland service is a "shocking decision".
Sir Noel was the key person in helping attract the national airline to the Paraparaumu based airport in 2011 and he oversaw a massive transformation of the airport and spent $15 million setting it up for the national airline.
Sir Noel told New Zealand Herald : "Air NZ have always said to me that if they're over 60 per cent loading they're happy — and last year it has been well over 80 per cent".
He also says - The decision was "quite sickening and I really feel upset for the community"."I think the community has been let down badly."
Sir Noel says Air NZ had been given "very, very special treatment as far as landing fees go ... when I was there we gave them a very special rate, better than any other airport in New Zealand".
He says "We don't depend on Air NZ for our economic development and we will have other players coming in."