Kāpiti Coast Airport
Location: 60 Toru Road, Paraparaumu
Kapiti Coast Airport was formerly known as Paraparaumu Aerodrome.
Rongotai was designated Wellington’s main airport in 1934. It was required to have an alternative airport for emergency use, and Paraparaumu was selected in 1938. Completed in 1939, it was used by the military during the World War II.
From 1947–1959 Paraparaumu was New Zealand’s busiest airport. The National Airways Corporation (NAC) had relocated there when Rongotai was closed for upgrading to international standards.
The airport received two royal visits by HM Queen Elizabeth II and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh, flying in on 9 January 1954, and flying out on 16 January 1954.
NAC operations were relocated back to Rongotai in 1959, and Paraparaumu reverted to general aviation use.
Paraparaumu airport was sold in 2006 to new private owners led by Sir Noel Robinson, and the facilities were upgraded. On 24 October 2011, the newly-renamed Kapiti Coast Airport was opened for business.
Airport flight information services are managed from the Control Tower, which provides a Flight Information Service. The Control Tower was built in 1947 and is registered as a Category II Historic Place. It has become a Paraparaumu landmark.
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