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Air Nelson to Paraparaumu

written by WOFA | January 28, 2011

An Air Nelson Dash 8. (Gary Hollier)

Air Nelson has announced new flights to Paraparaumu, with the Air New Zealand subsidiary to begin scheduled services between Auckland and the Kapiti Coast from October.

Paraparaumu will be the 27th domestic airport serviced by Air New Zealand through Air Nelson, which plans to operate three return services a day (Monday to Friday) between the coastal town and Auckland using its 50-seater Bombardier Q300 aircraft. A further three return weekend services are also planned.

“Paraparaumu Airport Limited is making a multi-million dollar investment to bring the airfield up to the standard required for regular commercial flights including resurfacing the main runway, upgrading the runway lighting, and installing new airspace safety controls via an Airways NZ operated Aircraft Flight Information Service (AFIS),” Air Nelson general manager Grant Kerr said.  “They will also provide a brand new terminal building and car park.”

“Paraparaumu Airport’s location offers passengers from the Kapiti Coast a much more convenient alternative to the 45 minute drive to Wellington Airport.

“While we’ll start out with 18 return Paraparaumu-Auckland services per week, we’re open to expanding the schedule over time if there’s demand.”

The first flight from Auckland to Paraparaumu will take place on Labour Day, Monday 24 October.  Pricing and on-sale dates will be announced towards the middle of the year.


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