Air Chathams has the extra crew needed to take on the Kapiti to Auckland route, if they they go-ahead with the service.
CEO of Air Chathams Craig Emeny told Beach FM that while there is a shortage of pilots nationally, their family-run airline does have the capacity to extend their operation to Kapiti, with experienced crew and training staff available to them.
However, he says that it will take time to put those things in place, once they get the go-ahead.
Air Chathams is currently in talks with Kapiti Coast Airport and the Civil Aviation Authority, to ensure they can meet all the regulatory requirements.
It’s expected those discussions will conclude within two weeks.
Mr Emeny says once the data analysis and talks are completed - if Kapiti Coast District Council agree to some changes they’ve requested - the Saab aircraft they’re hoping to operate the 1 hour and 10-minute service to Auckland, “will be good for the job”.
Listen to full interview with Craig Emeny on Beach FM YouTube Channel.
Speculation Crewing Issue Behind Air NZ Axing Kapiti Service
Steve Biddle writes in Travel Talk that Air New Zealand has this week made significant changes to its domestic schedules on main trunk Auckland-Christchurch and Wellington-Christchurch routes, over the coming winter months.
"Air New Zealand has not publicly commented on the reasons for these changes, however speculation fueled by significant numbers of recent cancellations on Air New Zealand turboprop services, and the short notice cancellation of the Auckland-Kapiti service points to significant crewing issues across both Mt Cook and Air Nelson fleets," says Biddle.
Freeing up ATR72-600 aircraft from the Wellington-Christchurch route will allow these aircraft to be deployed across other parts of the network, says Biddle.