Nelson Airport (New Zealand)

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Nelson Airport
Te Papa Waka Rererangi o Whakatū
Nelson, New Zealand 1977.jpg
Nelson Airport, 1977
IATA: NSNICAO: NZNS
NSN is located in New Zealand Marlborough
NSN
NSN
Location of airport in the northern South Island
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Nelson Airport Limited
Location Nelson, New Zealand
Elevation AMSL 17 ft / 5 m
Coordinates 41°17′54″S 173°13′16″E / 41.29833°S 173.22111°E / -41.29833; 173.22111Coordinates: 41°17′54″S 173°13′16″E / 41.29833°S 173.22111°E / -41.29833; 173.22111
Website www.NelsonAirport.co.nz
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
02R/20L 1,347 4,420 Asphalt
02L/20R 731 2,398 Grass/Dirt
06/24 670 2,200 Grass/Dirt
17/35 600 1,970 Grass/Dirt
Statistics (2012)
Passengers 776,448
Sources: Airport,[1] AIP,[2] DAFIF,[3][4][5]

Nelson Airport (Māori: Te Papa Waka Rererangi o Whakatū, (IATA: NSNICAO: NZNS)) is an airport in Nelson, New Zealand. Approximately 1.2 million passengers and visitors use the airport terminal annually.[6] Total passenger numbers for the 2011 financial year were 758,250. This represents passenger growth of approximately 11% on the previous year.[5] It is currently the sixth busiest airport in New Zealand by scheduled passenger traffic.

Construction of Nelson Airport commenced in 1937.[7] In 2006, the airport received restricted international airport status and it has handled international private jets since then. In terms of scheduled aircraft movements Nelson is the eighth busiest airport in New Zealand. The airport averages 80 aircraft movements each day, with an aircraft departing or arriving on average every six minutes during scheduled hours.[8]

Nelson airport is the home base of Air Nelson operating under the Air NZ Link banner, which operates a fleet of Bombardier Dash 8 Q300s on national air routes. Air New Zealand, Air Nelson's parent airline, recently expanded its Nelson base, investing 30 million dollars to develop the engineering and technical workshops. Air New Zealand then announced the Air Nelson maintenance facility would also handle fellow subsidiary Mount Cook Airline's fleet of ATR 72-500/600 aircraft.[9]

The airport has a single terminal building with 9 tarmac gates. A further 7 remote gates are located adjacent to the terminal.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Scheduled[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air New Zealand Link operated by Air Nelson Auckland, Christchurch, Palmerston North, Wellington
Air New Zealand Link operated by Eagle Airways Palmerston North
Air New Zealand Link operated by Mount Cook Airline Auckland, Christchurch
Air2there Blenheim, Kapiti Coast, Wellington
Golden Bay Air Karamea, Takaka
Sounds Air Wellington

Air New Zealand operate daily up to ten flights to Auckland, thirteen flights to Wellington, Two flights to Palmerston North and seven flights to Christchurch.[10] As Nelson is a maintenance hub for Mount Cook Airline's ATR 72 aircraft, occasional Air Nelson Q300 services are changed to the ATR 72 if the aircraft needs a check in Nelson. On peak days, Beechcraft 1900D aircraft operated by Eagle Airways (also part of Air New Zealand) visit Nelson for extra capacity.

On 17 September 2013, the idea for a potential Auckland, Nelson and Queenstown air link was raised with Air New Zealand's chief executive.[11]

Charter[edit]

Sounds Air offer a number of scenic and charter flight services out of Nelson. Popular charters are Blenheim, Picton, Karamea and Awaroa. Sounds Air provides the main air link into Awaroa for Awaroa Lodge.[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nelson Airport, official site
  2. ^ Charts for NZNS at AIP New Zealand
  3. ^ Airport information for NZNS at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
  4. ^ Airport information for NSN / NZNS at Great Circle Mapper. Source: AIP, CAA, DAFIF.
  5. ^ a b http://www.nelsonairport.co.nz/airport_services.php?page=reportsandplans
  6. ^ Welcome to Nelson Airport
  7. ^ Nelson Aerodrome, Evening Post, Volume CXXIII, Issue 32, 8 February 1937, Page 7
  8. ^ http://www.nelsonairport.co.nz/airport_services.html
  9. ^ "Air Nelson to be given leeway over expansion". The Nelson Mail. Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  10. ^ http://www.airnewzealand.co.nz/schedules/headeritd.aspx?countrycode=NZ&language=EN
  11. ^ http://www.stuff.co.nz/nelson-mail/news/9179951/High-hopes-for-air-link-plan
  12. ^ Sounds Air

External links[edit]

A Beechcraft 1900 lifting off from Nelson Airport in New Zealand.