The Kāpiti Coast Airport is of significant importance to our community and our districts economy. The ability for people to fly to and from Kāpiti strengthens business, family and visitor connections and supports a strong visitor economy.
As a Council we are committed to growing regional air services in our district. A recent economic evaluation of the Kāpiti Coast Airport to the District estimates the net economic benefit of the Airport to Kāpiti residents to be around $4.3 million per year, with savings in travel time and costs identified as the biggest contributors to this figure.
Kapiti Airport: An estimate of its Economic Value to the District - 12 June 2018
Located at 60 Toru Road, Paraparaumu the Kāpiti Coast Airport provides daily air scheduled air services between Kāpiti and Blenheim, Nelson and Auckland.
- Air Chathams fly directly between Paraparaumu and Auckland
- Air 2 There fly to Paraparaumu from Nelson and Blenheim
- Sounds Air fly to Paraparaumu from Blenheim and Nelson
- Heliworx provide scenic flights around our district, and connections to accommodation, attractions and activities
Support for air services in Kāpiti
Following Air New Zealand’s decision to withdraw air services from Kāpiti in March 2018, we commissioned Colmar Brunton to survey people from Kāpiti and neighbouring districts who had flown from Kāpiti, Palmerston North or Wellington airports in the last year.
The purpose of this survey was to determine whether there was a mandate for the Kāpiti to Auckland air service and to quantify the size of the market and provide useful information about barriers, motivations and opportunities for air passengers out of Kāpiti Coast Airport.
In summary the survey showed:
- overwhelming support for the airport as an important asset in the district and the re-establishment of air services from the airport. 91 per cent of people surveyed supported efforts to re-establish the Kāpiti – Auckland passenger service.
- the total number of flights taken to or from Auckland by Kāpiti, Porrirua and Horowhenua residents was approximately 215,000 in the past 12 months. Just over 50,000 of these flew in or out of Kāpiti airport.
- price and scheduling were the main reasons why residents, especially those based in Kapiti, had not used Kāpiti airport.
- business and leisure travellers have different preferences for travel times. In general, business customers prefer earlier outbound and later inbound flights than leisure passengers.
- passengers who put a high priority on convenience were not particularly price sensitive.
- several opportunities exist to increase the market for air services from Kāpiti.
Colmar Brunton survey report – April 2018