Air New Zealand suspends Kapiti Coast service
‘One more nail in the coffin of Paraparaumu’s airport?’
Opinion piece by the Editor, Alan Tristram
Air New Zealand has just announced it’s suspending its service between the Kapiti Coast and Auckland from next month.
The abrupt move,with no warning, will come as a huge blow to the whole district.
Only last weekend, the Kapiti Coast Airport held an open day for the public to showcase its services, with mayors from through the region attending.
The former Paraparaumu Airport has been at the centre of huge community concern ever since a National Government privatised it and sold it off for a
song in the early 1990’s.
Air New Zealand has operated the Kapiti – Auckland service since 2011 and says it ‘recognises the support the community has given to it.’
I would ask: ‘How can an airline which is half owned by us ‘recognise community support’ by cancelling a key service for local people?
Last service on April 3
The last service between Kapiti Coast and Auckland will operate on 3 April 2018.
Air NZ says passengers booked to travel on this service past this date will be re-accommodated on alternative services.
Earlier Kapiti — ChCh link axed
In 2015, Air New Zealand axed its Kapiti Coast to Christchurch service after what it said were two years of continuing losses.
Air NZ’s explanation
Trying to explain the abrupt cancellation of its Kapiti service, the airline says: “Customer demand for domestic travel continues to experience steady growth with the airline adding 630,000 more seats nationwide this financial year alone.
“And (there is) an expectation that it will further grow the regional turboprop network alone by 4.5 percent or 265,000 seats in the coming financial year.
“Against this backdrop, the airline is currently making domestic schedule adjustments to better match its aircraft seat capacity to areas of growing customer demand and is committed to continuing to grow the wider regional network.”
“On withdrawal, Air New Zealand will extend support to any other airline that operates the route as it has in other ports,” says Air New Zealand.”