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Air New Zealand launches new Paraparaumu–Christchurch service

July 15, 2013 Aviation No Comments Email Email

Air New Zealand is expanding its services to and from the Kapiti Coast, with a new daily direct service between Paraparaumu and Christchurch from November and a special early bird fare to celebrate.

The new service will be operated by Air New Zealand subsidiary Air Nelson and provide more than 36,000 direct seats a year between the two regions.  Air New Zealand is offering a special launch fare of $59 one way for travel until 18 December.

Air Nelson General Manager Darin Stringer says “110,000 people live within Kapiti Coast Airport’s catchment area and market research has demonstrated clear demand for additional connections from Kapiti Coast Airport.  When surveyed, more locals nominated Christchurch as the next destination of choice than all other possible destinations combined.”

Christchurch Airport Chief Executive Jim Boult says “This new service is a positive sign for the recovery of Christchurch and Canterbury and offers a connection we know people have been asking for. We congratulate Air New Zealand on this initiative, which will be well received by travellers in both directions.”

Kapiti Coast Airport owner Sir Noel Robinson describes the announcement as a huge milestone for Kapiti Coast residents and the wider catchment area.

“To be announcing another direct service less than two years after the airport opened is very exciting.  This new service will conveniently connect two provincial areas without the need for a road journey between Paraparaumu and Wellington. With Wellington Airport becoming increasingly congested, business and leisure travellers beginning their journey at Paraparaumu are able to enjoy a more efficient and relaxing experience.”

The new service will offer a morning departure from the Kapiti Coast Monday to Saturday with a returning service from Christchurch in the afternoon, plus a return service on Sunday afternoons.

Air New Zealand currently operates up to three services a day between Kapiti Coast Airport and Auckland.

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