|Sounds Air managing director Andrew Crawford greets Georgina Muir, 2, the first passenger off the new return flight from Wellington on Monday. Photo : Kaikoura Star|
|Kaikoura Star 6 October 2004|
|Sounds Air's Gippsland Airvan ZK-KLC, a.k.a. "Sounds Air Charlie" about to commence taxi at Kaikoura on 26 February 2005|
|Still advertising in the Kaikoura Star, January 2009|
|Sounds Air's Cessna Caravan at Kaikoura on a charter on 23 December 2008|
The magnitude 7.8 Kaikoura earthquake on the 14th of November 2016 cut State Highway 1 both north and out of the town. Sounds Air were quick to respond the urgent needs and charter flights operated in the first days following the earthquake. On the 21st of November 2016 Sounds Air commenced operating a Monday to Friday Blenheim-Kaikoura-Christchurch VFR service. The company announced it was committed to operating the service for a minimum of 3 weeks while the need was there ensuring Kaikoura remained connected to the rest of the country.
By the end of November the NDB approach into Kaikoura, which has been cancelled in February of that year, had been reactivated allowing IFR flights in and out of Kaikoura.
With the road to the south reopened the Christchurch-Kaikoura flights ended on the 27th January 2017. From the 31st of January the Kaikoura schedule has been:
Blenheim to Kaikoura 11:45 - 12:15
Kaikoura to Blenheim 12:45 - 13:15
|Blenheim - Kaikoura timetable effective 31 January 2017|
|Cessna 208 Caravan ZK-PDM at Kaikoura on a scheduled service from/to Blenheim on 23 February 2017|