Air New Zealand has launched a new domestic route connecting Auckland with Paraparaumu, on the southwest Kapiti Coast of New Zealand’s North Island. The route, which will be operated by Air NZ subsidiary Air Nelson, has been made possible following the opening of the new Kapiti Coast Airport on Monday.
Air Nelson General Manager, Grant Kerr said; “Those living on the Kapiti Coast will no longer have to make the one-hour drive into Wellington Airport – instead they’ll be able to fly direct to Auckland in one hour 10 minutes.”
Kerr added that the new airport held strong potential for the airline, with around 110,000 people living in the new hub’s catchment area.
The owner of Kapiti Coast Airport, Sir Noel Robinson, said the new hub marks a significant development for the area.
“I genuinely believe this airport will have a huge impact on the Kapiti Coast for many generations to come,” Sir Noel said. “The Kapiti community has got so many things going for it; a new airport, great rail services and future national roading improvements as well as 46kms of beautiful beaches, wonderful park lands and a fantastic climate