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Kapiti Airport: Not enough runway, passengers, planes or options
27 Jul 2021  

Kapiti Airport: Not enough runway, passengers, planes or options

The airport is losing $1.2m annually prompting the owners to consider other options for the land, says its CEO.


Air NZ unveils 300k domestic fares under $100
27 Jul 2021  

Air NZ unveils 300k domestic fares under $100

Air New Zealand has announced 300,000 domestic fares for under $100 on flights departing in September to November.


Queenstown Airport appoints former Air NZ GM as CEO
21 Jul 2021   /

Queenstown Airport appoints former Air NZ GM as CEO

The former CEO of Metlifecare and Housing NZ, Glen Sowry, returns to the aviation sector.


Hawke’s Bay Airport dangles new terminal for southern routes
21 Jul 2021  

Hawke’s Bay Airport dangles new terminal for southern routes

The airport’s CEO wants direct flights from Nelson, Dunedin, and Queenstown within months of the terminal opening.


Auckland Airport passenger numbers take off 747% in May
19 Jul 2021   /

Auckland Airport passenger numbers take off 747% in May

International arrivals in May last year were significantly impacted by the closure of the New Zealand border from 20 March 2020 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.


Queenstown Airport passenger numbers up 220% on year in June
14 Jul 2021  

Queenstown Airport passenger numbers up 220% on year in June

Around 90% of traffic attributed to domestic travellers for month.


Flexi flying environment key to coping with Covid – Air NZ’s Levermore
13 Jul 2021  

Flexi flying environment key to coping with Covid – Air NZ’s Levermore

Strong domestic performance expected to continue beyond July school holidays.


Hamilton Airport joins Airports Council International Asia-Pacific
13 Jul 2021  

Hamilton Airport joins Airports Council International Asia-Pacific

Hamilton Airport has become the eighth New Zealand airport to become an ACI member.


Air NZ increasing flights to Cook Islands to 11 per week
12 Jul 2021  

Air NZ increasing flights to Cook Islands to 11 per week

Air New Zealand flights are set to increase from October school holidays due to high demand.


Queenstown Airport gearing up for busy July school holidays
12 Jul 2021  

Queenstown Airport gearing up for busy July school holidays

The Queenstown Airport Corporation forecasts peak travel days on 23 and 24 July for flights.


Air traffic control services to remain at Invercargill – Airways
12 Jul 2021  

Air traffic control services to remain at Invercargill – Airways

The result follows a review of air traffic services provided at seven regional airports with reduced traffic volumes.


Global air travel ticks up in May – IATA
9 Jul 2021   /

Global air travel ticks up in May – IATA

Worldwide total air travel declined 62.7% in May 2021 compared to May 2019 as measured in revenue passenger kilometres, according to the International Air Transport Association.


July to see busiest skies since start of pandemic
7 Jul 2021   /

July to see busiest skies since start of pandemic

Queenstown is the number one destination, says Air New Zealand.


Auckland Airport: Outbreaks in unvaccinated populations denting confidence
1 Jul 2021   /

Auckland Airport: Outbreaks in unvaccinated populations denting confidence

The recovery can start early 2022 if the govt can complete its vaccination programme by Xmas, says Adrian Littlewood.


Director change at Wellington Airport
1 Jul 2021   /

Director change at Wellington Airport

Wellington International Airport board director Alison Gerry has resigned, effective 29 June.


Kapiti Airport ‘wanted and expected but not really used’ – CEO
25 Jun 2021  

Kapiti Airport ‘wanted and expected but not really used’ – CEO

Kāpiti Coast Airport has not recovered from Air New Zealand’s withdrawal in 2018 and was now losing about $1.2m a year, says Kāpiti Coast Airport chief executive Chris Simpson.


Visitors to New Plymouth help boost local economy
24 Jun 2021   /

Visitors to New Plymouth help boost local economy

Art and music events proving popular among out-of-towners.


NZ likely to require visitor vaccination proof – PM
18 Jun 2021   /

NZ likely to require visitor vaccination proof – PM

Ardern’s comments come as more countries require vaccination passports for international travellers.


Nelson Airport appoints CentrePort GM to be CEO
15 Jun 2021   /

Nelson Airport appoints CentrePort GM to be CEO

Nelson Airport has appointed a new chief executive with port experience as the local councils move to merge the region’s major air and sea port operations.


Milford landing rights likely to rollover into 2022
14 Jun 2021   /

Milford landing rights likely to rollover into 2022

But the future of Milford’s airfield remains uncertain as stakeholders jockey for the tourism minister’s ear.


Air NZ grabs new chief digital officer from Vector
3 Jun 2021   /

Air NZ grabs new chief digital officer from Vector

Air New Zealand has appointed Nikhil Ravishankar as its new chief digital officer.


Aurora flights back due to popular demand
3 Jun 2021  

Aurora flights back due to popular demand

More Southern Lights by Flight trips have been scheduled from Christchurch Airport after earlier flights sold out.


Airports cleanse carry-on with new UV system
3 Jun 2021  

Airports cleanse carry-on with new UV system

Aviation Security has installed new UV light kits at screening points in New Zealand airports with the latest coming online at Christchurch.


Aviation training wastes away, with flow-on effects for tourism
2 Jun 2021   /

Aviation training wastes away, with flow-on effects for tourism

A lack of approved places for international students is taking a toll on NZ’s flight schools.


Air NZ steps up flights to help flood relief effort
2 Jun 2021   /

Air NZ steps up flights to help flood relief effort

Air New Zealand has added one additional flight per day for the next six days for customers travelling between Timaru and Wellington in the wake of severe flooding affecting the area.


April Air NZ passengers up more than 5000% on year
1 Jun 2021  

April Air NZ passengers up more than 5000% on year

Domestic passengers up more than 9000% compared with lockdown period last year.


Auckland Airport CEO Adrian Littlewood resigns
20 May 2021  

Auckland Airport CEO Adrian Littlewood resigns

Auckland Airport chief executive Adrian Littlewood will leave the operator near the end of the year.


Auckland Airport passenger volumes decline 54% on year in March
20 May 2021   /

Auckland Airport passenger volumes decline 54% on year in March

Level 3 lockdown until 7 March hurt traffic.


Queenstown Airport passenger numbers spike, but below 2019 level
20 May 2021   /

Queenstown Airport passenger numbers spike, but below 2019 level

Healthy numbers compared to flatline in 2020, but 35% down on same month in 2019.


Airports battle – while one regional airport fight heats up…
13 May 2021  

Airports battle – while one regional airport fight heats up…

Kapiti Coast Airport has hit back at the campaign to keep the airport open publicly lambasting the local business chamber. 


ComCom seeks airport views on future regulation
30 Apr 2021   /

ComCom seeks airport views on future regulation

The Commerce Commission is seeking submissions from the airports about consumer expectations around decarbonization and alternate fuel use.


DOC, operators hope for smooth landing on Milford concessions
27 Apr 2021   /

DOC, operators hope for smooth landing on Milford concessions

Parties appear to be working together to avoid conflict, emphasizing process to ensure no surprises.


100-year Wanaka Airport lease to QAC unlawful – High Court
22 Apr 2021   /

100-year Wanaka Airport lease to QAC unlawful – High Court

QLDC’s lease to Queenstown Airport Corporation has been cast aside.


Plane cleaner case transmission route traced, contacts tested
21 Apr 2021  

Plane cleaner case transmission route traced, contacts tested

Testing shows the vaccinated cleaner contracted the UK variant in a rare ‘breakthrough’ infection.


Airports put best foot forward as bubble day arrives
19 Apr 2021   /

Airports put best foot forward as bubble day arrives

Warm welcomes are readied as operators gear up for the return of Australian arrivals.


Auckland Airport Feb passenger volumes fall 71% on year in Feb
19 Apr 2021   /

Auckland Airport Feb passenger volumes fall 71% on year in Feb

Auckland Airport passengers volumes fell to 463,070 in February 2021, local lockdown bites.


Auckland airport e-bus commute cut after upgrades
19 Apr 2021  

Auckland airport e-bus commute cut after upgrades

Upgrades on Auckland’s State Highway 20B have been completed, shortening airport-Puhinui Station route.


Auckland Airport completes terminal separation for new era in travel
16 Apr 2021   /

Auckland Airport completes terminal separation for new era in travel

Going from mostly mothballed to welcoming hundreds of flights has been a massive task, says CEO Adrian Littlewood.


Queenstown Airport CEO resigns
8 Apr 2021   /

Queenstown Airport CEO resigns

After five years leading the airport, Colin Keel is moving to Auckland.


What we’d like to hear from the PM’s trans-Tasman announcement
6 Apr 2021   /

What we’d like to hear from the PM’s trans-Tasman announcement

It has been a while since many of us have encountered Australians in the wild, writes Bennett Richardson.


Queenstown Airport staff vaccinations to start
1 Apr 2021   /

Queenstown Airport staff vaccinations to start

Covid-19 vaccinations are to start in Queenstown on 10 April with airport staff among the first to receive the shots.


Boult: “Tarras airport is a pipe dream – it’ll never happen”
26 Mar 2021   /

Boult: “Tarras airport is a pipe dream – it’ll never happen”

QLDC’s mayor dismisses a claim Wanaka Airport would have to shut down if CIAL’s Tarras proposal goes ahead.


Tarras airport plan up to three years away – CIAL
25 Mar 2021   /

Tarras airport plan up to three years away – CIAL

It’s also unlikely Wanaka Airport could operate alongside a Tarras airport, says Christchurch International Airport Limited.


Govt’s aviation support extended
22 Mar 2021  

Govt’s aviation support extended

Auckland Airport is welcoming the extension of Government support for international airlines operating New Zealand’s passenger and cargo connections.


MOH to start saliva testing trial of border workers
5 Mar 2021  

MOH to start saliva testing trial of border workers

The Ministry of Health will roll out saliva swabbing for asymptomatic surveillance testing of border workers for Covid-19.


Covid could push Tarras airport delivery out to 2035 – CIAL’s Johns
4 Mar 2021   /

Covid could push Tarras airport delivery out to 2035 – CIAL’s Johns

Covid-19 has likely delayed the project by up to five years, says CIAL’s CEO Malcolm Johns.


Wellington Airport urged to support climate goals
3 Mar 2021  

Wellington Airport urged to support climate goals

Wellington regional councillors have called for Wellington Airport’s expansion plans to support the region’s climate goals. 


First dose vaccinations pass 1000 mark, more vaccines arrive
25 Feb 2021  

First dose vaccinations pass 1000 mark, more vaccines arrive

Around 40 border workers at Christchurch Airport have received their first dose of the Covid-19 Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine – the first to do so in the South Island.


Ten Years On: Quake spurs CIAL to future-proof strategy
23 Feb 2021  

Ten Years On: Quake spurs CIAL to future-proof strategy

CEO Malcolm Johns says the airport operator went on a drive to diversify and outsource to help it cope with crises.


Auckland Airport offers Covid saliva tests
15 Feb 2021   /

Auckland Airport offers Covid saliva tests

Auckland Airport has partnered with Rako Science to deploy a non-invasive, fast-turnaround, accurate saliva test for Covid-19.