By May 2002, however, the company was experiencing difficulties and on the 22nd of May 2002 Guy Hingston announced the company was cutting the scheduled flights in favour of concentrating on charter flights to special events such as. The Wairarapa Times-Age reported him saying, “it was not economic to make regular flights to and from Auckland. But he said the plane was full with passengers travelling to the Warbirds Over Wanaka air show. Bookings were also looking good for daily flights to Mystery Creek next month. The Ellerslie Flower Show later in the year is another we will likely schedule in. We are also hoping to make regular ski trip flights to the South Island. Mr Hingston said. A regular commuter service to Auckland could not be ruled out in the future. Mr Hingston said a return flight on Wednesdays and a weekend flight every month were being looked at.”
|Piper Pa31 Navajo Chieftain, ZK-KIM, at Wanaka on 30 March 2002|
Air Wairarapa did stay in business for a time focussing on the charter market. The company website did announce that Air Wairarapa hoped to start a regular Masterton-Wellington service but nothing came of this and the Chieftain was sold to Sunair in late June 2003.