20 March 2019

20,000 people later and two more flights

Six Months And 20,000 People Flying with Air Chathams

Air Chathams has hit the six month mark for its Kāpiti – Auckland route after starting services on the 20th August 2018. The Kāpiti Coast community has welcomed the airline with open arms. Initial flight schedules have settled after initial trials of flights that had not been offered previously to gauge the community’s appetite for those services. Air Chathams is flying 26 flights a week, 7 days a week and as expected the most popular flights are the early morning flight to Auckland and return evening service to Kāpiti Airport to cater for business travellers. During those first six months, the Kāpiti Coast community has backed the airline with 911 flights flown for the period, carrying approximately 20,000 people. Initial discounted fares attracted many to the airline and the average price for a fare for the first six months of operating is under $140 each way. Positive feedback and comments have reached Air Chathams through Facebook reviews and comments and Duane Emeny, General Manager, is happy with how the service is developing.

Source : Air Chathams Media Release

And now there are more flights coming...

Air Chathams' Facebook page have announced they are putting on more flights. "Flights in and out of Paraparaumu are proving popular for the weekends so we need more seats. As a result Air Chathams' is trialling two extra flights starting Saturday 27th April." The additional flights will be operated by Saab 340 aircraft.  

Auckland to Paraparaumu, flight number 3C654, leaving at 2:30pm arriving at 3:55pm.

Paraparaumu to Auckland, flight number 3C657, leaving at 11:00am on arriving at 12:25pm.  

On the 24th of December 2018 Air Chathams cut the weekday morning Auckland-Kāpiti Coast and late morning Kāpiti Coast-Auckland flights. These flights were introduced  based on Air Chathams' Whanganui and Whakatāne schedules. However, they were flight timings not previously offered by Air New Zealand and the uptake was poor so they were discontinued. It will be interesting to see if these are reintroduced in the future as Air Chathams continues to bed its service 

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