Air Chathams will operate 36 flights weekly between Paraparaumu and Auckland from 20 August.
The much-anticipated news came today when the owner of Air Chathams Craig Emeny announced that the family-owned airline will offer travellers up to 1152 seats between Kāpiti and Auckland on board its fleet of Saab 340 aircraft.
One way fares will range from $69 Thrifty to $318 for Full Economy.
Mr Emeny says “as an airline that is committed to the regions in New Zealand, we are absolutely delighted to be launching a new service in Kāpiti.”
Air Chathams takes up the route that was vacated by Air New Zealand in April 2018.
Mr Emeny acknowledged the support of Air New Zealand, the Kāpiti Coast District Council and Kapiti Coast Airport, who “have pitched in to support the successful start-up of the Air Chathams service”.
He says they have all worked hard to offer substantial support, to ensure that a direct service from Kapiti to Auckland will resume.
Kāpiti Coast Airport’s support has included a free premises lease for the first year, followed by a 33 per cent discount on the lease previously paid by Air New Zealand for another two years, or during the period Air Chathams is building up its Kāpiti-Auckland service.
Evan Davies, Managing Director of Todd Property, owners of the airport, says “Kāpiti Coast Airport is committed to supporting airline services, and we are really pleased that the region has managed to attract a quality service like Air Chathams.”
He says the airport looks forward to "working with Air Chathams, as we continue to provide a regional airport facility that is dedicated to safety, security and customer service.”
Bookings are now open for Kāpiti-Auckland flights.
For information and bookings, visit Air Chathams’ website www.airchathams.co.nz or call 0800 580 127.