Hawke's Bay Airport
|This article relies too much on references to primary sources. (October 2013)|
|Hawke's Bay Airport|
|Air New Zealand Bombardier Q300 on the tarmac at Napier Airport, November 2005|
|IATA: NPE – ICAO: NZNR
Napier City (26%)
Hastings District (24%)
|Operator||Hawke's Bay Airport Ltd|
|Serves||Hastings, New Zealand and Napier, New Zealand|
|Location||State Highway 2, Westshore, Napier, New Zealand|
|Elevation AMSL||2 m / 7 ft|
|Statistics (June 2014)|
Hawke's Bay Airport (IATA: NPE, ICAO: NZNR) is Hawke's Bay's main commercial airport serving domestic flights to the main centres of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch as well as smaller centres such as Gisborne, Tauranga, Hamilton and Rotorua . The airport is permitted to allow limited international flights for aircraft with up to fourteen people on board by prior arrangement with Air Napier or Skyline Aviation.
The Airport itself is located nearest to the urban centre of Napier, in the Napier suburb of Westshore, and is sometimes referred to as Napier Airport. It is sited on the former Ahuriri Lagoon, an area which was raised above sea level by the massive 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake.
Hawke's Bay Airport Terminal is a modern well-equipped building, featuring three check-in counters for Air New Zealand and a check-in counter for Sun Air, together with a cafe, seating area and rental car counters. Both long-term and secured car parking is provided close to the terminal. There is a Koru lounge for Air New Zealand Koru club members and meeting rooms available for hire. There is an internal baggage reclaim area where passengers' luggage is brought directly from the plane within minutes of disembarking. There are 5 tarmac gates at the terminal.
The second floor has a small glass-fenced open air deck, where arriving and departing aircraft can be viewed.
Hawke's Bay Airport is a busy regional airport with frequent flights to and from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch on Air New Zealand Bombardier Dash 8 Q300 & ATR 72-500 turbo prop aircraft. 452,000 travellers passed through the terminal in the 12 months to June 2013.
Due to booming tourism and commerce in Napier and Hastings extensions to the northern and southern ends of the main runway at Hawkes Bay Airport have just been completed, which provides a total of 1750 metres ( sufficient to accommodate 737-300, B737-800 and A320 aircraft operated by Air New Zealand & Jetstar on domestic operations. A terminal reconfiguration, along with a full-scale security fence, would be required before domestic scheduled services could commence. At this stage further development to enable trans-Tasman services is not planned. Hawke's Bay Airport has received resource consent from the Napier City Council to begin Stage 1 of a significant multi million dollar business park development.
In November 2013 - Hawkes Bay Airport announced advanced planning to further lengthen its main runway from 1750m to 1940m no later than 2018 and a significant terminal expansion and redevelopment to cope with significantly higher than projected annual increases in passengers numbers through the airport. The airport was also named NZ Regional Airport of the Year 2013.
A smaller airport is located 22km to the south, near Hastings called the Hastings Aerodrome. It is primarily used for flight training and recreational aviation which the Hawkes Bay Airport does not offer.
Airlines and destinations
|Air Napier||Gisborne, Wairoa|
|Air New Zealand Link operated by Air Nelson||Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington|
|Air New Zealand Link operated by Mount Cook Airline||Auckland, Christchurch (begins 9 February 2015), Wellington|
|Sunair||Gisborne, Hamilton, Rotorua, Tauranga|
18 May 2010 a Piper Aztec aircraft made a crash landing at Hawke's Bay Airport during a night flight. Around 9.05pm a Sunair four-seater Piper Aztec experienced difficulties whilst landing, when the nose-wheel failed to deploy. Napier police say it appeared the front landing gear did not function as it should. The aircraft came to rest on the runway. Witnesses said it appeared the nose wheel would not come down. There were three people on board - two staff members from the airline and one member of the public. All escaped without injury. Police, fire, ambulance and airport fire/rescue responded to the incident and the runway in question was closed. It was expected the runway would re-open the following morning for Air New Zealand Link flights to continue as scheduled.
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- Newsroom - Hawke's Bay Airport
- Sharpe, Marty (18 May 2010). "'Frightening' emergency landing at Hawke's Bay Airport". The Dominion Post. Retrieved 2 October 2011.