Air Chathams to succeed where Air New Zealand failed, says general manager

Drive 02/07/2018
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Air Chathams is coming to the rescue for the residents of the Kapiti Coast, picking up the route to Auckland that was abandoned by Air New Zealand earlier this year.

The company will run 36 flights a week between the two centres that it says will service for business and commuter needs.

The first flight will be on August 20th with a special open day at Paraparaumu airport on August 5th.

The announcement comes four months after Air New Zealand made the controversial move to scrap the service in addition to a number of other regional routes.

General Manager, Air Chathams Duane Emeny joined Lisa Owen on RadioLIVE Drive to talk about the new arrangement.

“Air New Zealand’s reasons are their own. We see a lot of potential in the Kapiti Coast,” he said. “Got a lot of parallel to some of the other regional services we offer.”

Otaki MP Nathan Guy told Newshub the local community are "embracing" Air Chathams, because they don't have many other options to connect to Auckland.

Air Chathams already operates in Auckland, Whakatane, Whanganui, Wellington, Christchurch and its Chatham Islands' home base.

Listen to the full interview with Duane Emeny above. 

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