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Kapiti Coast Airport temporary closures notification due to changes of AFIS hours

There will be changes to the hours of operation at Kapiti Coast Airport (KCA) from December 12 until February 1.

Airways has been doing its best to ensure a full contingent of staff members to cover AFIS (aerodrome flight information service) shifts at KCA. However, it has advised that between December 12 and February 1, it won't be able to provide its usual coverage.

In line with our airport exposition, Kapiti Coast Airport will be closed when AFIS is not on watch.

Kapiti Coast Airport's Exposition, as accepted by Civil Aviation Authority, details the provisions we have to operate in accordance with. AFIS being 'off watch' during some of the usual times constitutes a 'significant change'. Earlier this year, Airways announced its intention to withdraw AFIS at Kapiti Coast Airport. Such a significant change in operating conditions triggers our exposition's requirement for an aeronautical study. KCA has engaged aviation consultants to prepare an aeronautical study to review the implications of such a change at KCA. The aeronautical study has not been completed and after it is, there will be a process, involving CAA and other stakeholders, to be followed to consider the study before we could make changes based on the conclusions reached.

Reduced AFIS hours are essentially the same significant change that necessitated the aeronautical study.

Airways has done its best to cover all regular scheduled flights and to maximise flying hours for general aviation users whilst managing the workload of its staff members. While it has done its best to accommodate these aspects, because the team is so light, there is a possibility that Airways may not be able to cover all shifts if a team member is unwell. To that end, we've advised commercial operators may need to have an alternative plan if the airport is also closed in addition to the times advised.

It is imperative that operators review the NOTAMs on a regular basis.

We appreciate the inconvenience but appreciate airport users' patience as we work with and support Airways as it manages its staffing situation.