Dunedin International Airport

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Dunedin International Airport
Dunedin Airport From the air.JPG
Dunedin International Airport control tower and terminal building in 2010
Dunedin International Airport logo.svg
Airport type Public
Owner Dunedin City Council and the New Zealand Government (The Crown)
Operator Dunedin International Airport Limited
Serves Dunedin
Location Momona, Dunedin, New Zealand
Elevation AMSL 1.2 m / 4 ft
Coordinates 45°55′41″S 170°11′54″E / 45.92806°S 170.19833°E / -45.92806; 170.19833Coordinates: 45°55′41″S 170°11′54″E / 45.92806°S 170.19833°E / -45.92806; 170.19833
Website www.flydunedin.com
Dunedin International Airport is located in New Zealand
Dunedin International Airport
Dunedin International Airport
Location of Dunedin Airport in New Zealand
Direction Length Surface
m ft
03/21 1,900 6,234 Asphalt
Statistics (2012)
Passenger throughput 853,650[1]
Aircraft movements 29,229[2]

Dunedin International Airport (IATA: DUDICAO: NZDN), colloquially known as Momona Airport, is an international airport in the Otago region of the South Island of New Zealand, serving Dunedin city and the Otago and Southland regions. Dunedin International Airport is one of two international airports in Otago, the other being Queenstown International Airport. It is located adjacent to the village of Momona on the Taieri Plains approximately 22 kilometres south west of Dunedin CBD. It is the fifth busiest airport in New Zealand by passengers.

It has a single paved runway rated for aircraft up to the Boeing 767,[3] with ILS in both directions. It has one terminal building with five gates, two with airbridges; and also customs facilities and other amenities. Mainland Air, a flight school and charter service, operates from a hangar next to the terminal building. The Dunedin City Council and the Crown each own 50 percent of Dunedin International Airport Limited,[4] a publicly unlisted company which operates the utility.


The old airfield at Taieri was not economic to expand to cater for the growth in air travel expected in the future. Construction of the present airport was completed in 1962, and its primary use was to cater for passengers of short haul aircraft. In about 2005, the check-in space was enlarged and a new international arrival area was added. This airport is the third busiest and largest on the South Island of New Zealand, after Christchurch International Airport and Queenstown Airport.

Infrastructure and services[edit]

Traffic and statistics[edit]

In 1963, a total of 100,000 passengers passed through the airport. It received its first international flight in 1994, and in 1995, there was a total of 520,000 passengers. This figure declined to 481,000 in 2000 with a total of 19,000 aircraft movements. It has been predicted that by 2015 aircraft movements will exceed 38,000 with a projected 1,000,000 passengers. For the 2009 financial year passengers numbered 770,206.[5]

Passenger terminal[edit]

  • One pay carpark for short and long term parking which is operational 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.
  • The airport has shopping and other standard facilities. Banking and duty-free shops are usually only open to coincide with international flights.

Air New Zealand Koru Club[edit]

Air New Zealand Koru Club in Dunedin

A Lounge is available for Club members and Air NZ Gold/Gold Elite and Star Alliance Gold Frequent Flyers.


In 2009, Dunedin International Airport Limited announced it had the land and consent to extend the runway from 1900m to 2400m, at a cost of NZ$20 million. The extension would accommodate larger aircraft, on longer haul routes from as far afield as the United States and Southeast Asia. It also stressed that this extension would take place when needed and not simply as a project just for the sake of a longer runway.[6]


Dunedin International Airport Limited owns Momona Village, a small housing community adjacent to the airport.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Boeing 737-300 taking-off from Dunedin International Airport
A Jetstar Airbus A320 on the tarmac with a Virgin Australia Boeing 737 in the background
A Freedom Air Airbus 320-232 at Dunedin International Airport, 20 February 2006
Dunedin Airport terminal building in 2014
Dunedin Airport welcome sign, 2014
Airlines Destinations
Air New Zealand Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington
Air New Zealand Link
operated by Air Nelson
Christchurch, Wellington
Air New Zealand Link
operated by Mount Cook Airline
Christchurch, Wellington
Jetstar Airways Auckland
Virgin Australia Brisbane


Airlines Destinations
Air Post Christchurch


Busiest International routes out of Dunedin Airport (2012)[7]
Rank Airport Passengers  % Change
1  Australia, Brisbane 54,018 Increase 4.6
2  Australia, Sydney 4,146 Decrease32.2
3  Australia, Melbourne 3,937 Decrease 18.2

Mainland Air[edit]

Mainland Air is based at the airport, and operates scenic, charter and ambulance flights. Mainland Aviation College, a division of Mainland Air, operates a flight training school. The airline plans to connect Dunedin with Queenstown and Christchurch airports and if there is demand, plans to stop in Oamaru to pick up passengers.[8]

Air New Zealand Boeing 737-300 touching down on runway 21, while an Air New Zealand Airbus A320-200 waits on the taxiway. February 2009.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.flydunedin.com/companyinfo.php
  2. ^ http://www.airways.co.nz/documents/avimove_stats.pdf
  3. ^ "Dunedin International Airport (DUD/NZDN)". A-Z World Airports Online. Retrieved 2009-11-12. 
  4. ^ "Dunedin International Airport Ltd (DIAL)". Crown Company Monitoring Advisory Unit. Retrieved 2009-11-12. 
  5. ^ "Investor Information". Dunedin International Airport. Retrieved 2010-01-07. 
  6. ^ McNeilly, Hamish (28 March 2009). "Push for longer runway". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 2009-05-19. 
  7. ^ International Airline Activity—Annual Publications
  8. ^ http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/228640/mainland-air-start-dunedin-flights-queenstown-christchurch

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