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Air Chatams is the primary carrier of the Chatham Islands. Founded in 1984.


As of December 2019, Air Chathams operate 12 aircraft. The Air Chathams fleet consists of Cessna 206 which is the work horse of the fleet, the ATR-72 their newest regional airliner; 3 Convair 580, Fairchild Metroliner III, Douglas DC3, and 3 Saab 340 mainly used on the Auckland to Whanganui and Auckland to Kāpiti Coast passenger schedules. Air Chathams was born from overcoming the hardships of a remote island life. Craig Emeny start his own airline beginning operations to airports on mainland New Zealand following a need for a regular service. Craig first moved to the Chatham Islands when he was offered a pilot’s position operating services between Chatham and Pitt Islands on behalf of a New Zealand based airline. Regular scheduled passenger services from the Chatham Islands to Wellington and Napier began in 1991. In 1993, the number of scheduled flights increased and Christchurch was introduced as a destination and in 1996. In 2005 operations in the Pacific began carrying passengers and freight for Reef Air from Niue and aircraft were also based and used from Tonga. In 2008, Air Chathams established Chathams Pacific which operated domestic air services in Tonga and charter flights in and from Fiji. In 2015 regular passenger flights began operating their Auckland to Whakatane return services, followed by services to Whanganui in 2016, and the Kapiti Coast service in 2018, and finally to Norfolk Island in 2019.


City Airport IATA ICAO Notes
Auckland Airport AKL NZAA
Chatham Islands Tuuta Airport CHT NZCI
Christchurch Christchurch International Airport CHC NZCH
Norfolk Island Norfolk Island International Airport NLK YSNF
Paraparaumu Kapiti Coast Airport PPQ NZPP
Wellington Wellington International Airport WLG NZWN
Whakatane Whakatane Airport WHK NZWK
Whanganui Whanganui Airport WAG NZWU