The Kapiti Coast must have a new airline service within 2-3 months, says district council.
Kāpiti Coast District Council chief executive Wayne Maxwell says the Council is solutions-focussed and taking action following last week’s announcement by Air New Zealand to suspend flights between the Kāpiti Coast and Auckland.
From this weekend, Council staff will be on the ground at the airport talking to travelers and gathering additional data about how the service is used.
The Council has already started conversations with other airlines as potential providers of an alternative service from Kāpiti.
Mr Maxwell says: “As far as we’re concerned we must have a replacement service within two to three months.”
He says council’s goal for Kāpiti was an open, functioning and viable airport – not just for economic reasons, but also for the emergency management role the airport plays in the wider Wellington region’s resilience strategies.
Kāpiti Coast Airport and its owner Todd Property, local MPs (Nathan Guy and Kris Faafoi), Air New Zealand, the Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce, and neighbouring Mayors in Porirua and Horowhenua have also been part of the Council’s discussions.
The council is doing a feasibility study and business case looking at the ongoing viability of the airport.