28 February 2016
Last Paraparaumu to Christchurch flight
Today Air New Zealand ended its flights between Paraparaumu and Christchurch. Bombardier Q300 ZK-NEK flew both the northbound, NZ8488, and southbound services, NZ8483.
The flights between the Kapiti Coast and Christchurch began in on the 4th of November 2013 with the first southbound flight operated by Air Nelson's Bombardier Q300 ZK-NEO and ZK-NEF flying the first northbound service.
From this week Air New Zealand will operate two return Auckland-Paraparaumu services on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays with three return flights on Thursdays and Fridays. On Saturdays there is one northbound service and two southbound while on Sundays there are two northbound and three southbound services.
No one has indicated any desire to pick up the Christchurch-Paraparaumu route which is interesting given the impression I heard was that it was generating Saab like loads. Air New Zealand's withdrawal might spark a warning to those routes who are only to get one to two Q300 flights a day from later in the year!
Posted by Steve L at 5:13 PM