Chamber Welcomes Interest From Air Chathams

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Posted by Jacinda Thorn on 21 March 2018

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Chamber Welcomes Interest From Air Chathams

Kāpiti, Tuesday 20 March 2018 - The Kāpiti community can expect an update about the future of air services from Paraparaumu before Air New Zealand departs the region on 3 April 2018.

The Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce met with Hon Nathan Guy, Kāpiti Coast District Council, Air Chathams and Todd Property today at Parliament to discuss next steps in attracting a new airline to Kāpiti.

“It was fantastic to get around the table with all the key stakeholders and discuss how we can retain this critical service. Air Chathams is showing a lot of interest in what Kāpiti has to offer. As a established regional carrier they know what it takes to operate a thriving airline from the regions,” says Heather Hutchings, Chair of the Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce.

It’s estimated it will take between two to three months to work through some of the regulatory requirements for a new airline to operate from Kāpiti.

“Our local businesses would warmly welcome a new carrier to Kāpiti, and we are working to do this as soon as possible. Kāpiti is facing unprecedented opportunities for growth. The daily flights to our largest city have been a feather in our cap, making it easier and more attractive to do business here, as well as increase awareness of Kāpiti as a credible and connected part of the business sector, particularly in Auckland.

“We are hoping to update the community on what happens next by the time Air New Zealand takes its final flight early next month,” says Heather Hutchings, Chair of the Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce.

 

For more information, please contact:
Jacinda Thorn, Public Relations | 027 3970616 | jacinda@delaneythorn.com
Heather Hutchings, Kāpiti Chamber Chair | 021 0696 143 | chair@Kāpitichamber.org.nz

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