Oamaru Airport

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Oamaru Airport
Oamaru Aerodrome 1989.jpg
IATA: OAMICAO: NZOU
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Waitaki District Council
Operator New Zealand CAA
Location Oamaru
Elevation AMSL 99 ft / 30 m
Coordinates 44°58′12″S 171°04′54″E / 44.97000°S 171.08167°E / -44.97000; 171.08167Coordinates: 44°58′12″S 171°04′54″E / 44.97000°S 171.08167°E / -44.97000; 171.08167
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
18/36 4,210 1,283 Asphalt
11/29 3,107 947 Grass
02/20 2,775 846 Grass

Oamaru Airport (ICAO: NZOU) is an airport located 20 km north of Oamaru just alongside of state highway 1, at Pururi in the North Otago region and the Waitaki District of New Zealand.

History[edit]

On 10 December 1960 South Pacific Airlines of New Zealand commenced a Douglas DC-3 service linking Oamaru north to Timaru and Christchurch and south to Alexandra and Invercargill. Later a stop in Gore was added. These flights ended on 28 February 1966. Later that day Mount Cook Airlines (MCA) took over also using DC-3 aircraft, serving Timaru and Christchurch.[1]

A new sealed runway at the Oamaru Airport was passed as fully operational in March 1975.[2]

Regular scheduled services were withdrawn in 1989. In 2005 the Waitaki District Council decided to reseal the main runway.[3]

When scheduled services resumed in 2006 and the first BAe Jetstream 32EP arrived from Christchurch (operated by Air National on behalf of Eagle Airways) a crowd of approximately 500 people were present to view its landing. The aircraft operating the inaugural service was renamed The Spirit of Waitaki in honour of the reintroduction of services to Oamaru.[4] However, regular commercial flights to Oamaru were again withdrawn on 1 January 2010.[5]

Aero Club[edit]

The North Otago Aero Club has been operating from the Oamaru Airport since 1956, and offers charter flights to Dunedin, Christchurch and Queenstown International Airports. In addition its Air Transport license allows flights to any airport in New Zealand. The main drawback with the club's service is that the small aircraft can only take two passengers.

Timeline of services[edit]

The town has been through a lot of hurdles to gain then lose its air service forcing residents to either travel south to Dunedin or north to Timaru to catch a flight.[6]

  • 1975: NAC (later Air New Zealand) begins flights to Wellington via Timaru using Fokker Friendship aircraft.
  • 1 April 1990: Air New Zealand ends Fokker Friendship flights to Oamaru.
  • 23 April 1990: Air Nelson takes over flights with Metroliner aircraft.
  • 28 October 1991: Air Nelson ends flights and Oamaru is left without a commerical air service.
  • 1991-2006: Various options explored to reinstate air service.
  • 2005-2006: Waitaki District Council spends about $500,000 upgrading runway, terminal building and other facilities.
  • 2006: Waitaki Mayor Alan McLay starts negotiations for a new air service.
  • 20 June 2006: Eagle Air announces a new service to Christchurch using its Beech 1900 and occasionally Air National Jetstream 32 aircraft.
  • 7 August 2006: First Beech 1900 flight lands at Oamaru to be greeted by about 120 people.
  • 18 May 2009: Eagle Air changes schedule amid fears service is in financial trouble.
  • 13 October 2009: Eagle Air announces service will end from 1 January 2010.
  • 1 January 2010: After making an announcement in October 2009, Eagle Air withdraws service from Oamaru.
  • 4 June 2014: Mainland Air commences scheduled flights to Christchurch

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Mainland Air Christchurch[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oamaru Mail, 28 February 1966
  2. ^ Oamaru Mail, 6 March 1975
  3. ^ "Press Release: Oamaru Airport Ready for Business". Archived from the original on 14 October 2008. 
  4. ^ Oamaru back on the flight radar Archived video footage accompanying news item by TVNZ, 6 August 2006, TV ONE New Zealand
  5. ^ http://www.odt.co.nz/the-regions/north-otago/77961/hopes-remain-despite-airline-ending-service
  6. ^ http://www.odt.co.nz/the-regions/north-otago/77961/hopes-remain-despite-airline-ending-service?page=0%2C1
  7. ^ http://www.oamarumail.co.nz/featured/air-service-launching-flights-to-christchurch/

Notes[edit]

  • NZ AIP Volume 3 or 4, NZOU AD 2

External links[edit]