Tauranga Airport

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Tauranga Airport
Tauranga Airport, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, 21 May 2007.jpg
IATA: TRGICAO: NZTG
TRG is located in North Island
TRG
TRG
Location of airport in North Island
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Tauranga Airport Authority
Location Tauranga
Elevation AMSL 13 ft / 4 m
Coordinates 037°40′24″S 176°11′50″E / 37.67333°S 176.19722°E / -37.67333; 176.19722Coordinates: 037°40′24″S 176°11′50″E / 37.67333°S 176.19722°E / -37.67333; 176.19722
Website http://taurangacityairport.co.nz/
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
07/25 5,988 1,825 Asphalt
07/25 3,280 1,000 Grass
02/22 2,100 640 Grass
16/34 2,296 700 Grass

Tauranga Airport (IATA: TRGICAO: NZTG) is a regional airport 2 Nm 4 Km to the north east of the Tauranga city center on coastal land adjoining Tauranga Harbour. Located in the Bay of Plenty region in the North Island of New Zealand.

Scheduled flights are operated by Eagle Airways, Air Nelson and Mount Cook Airlines divisions of Air New Zealand, using Raytheon Beechcraft 1900D, De Havilland Dash 8 Q-300 and ATR-72 aircraft respectively.

Tauranga airport is the fifth busiest airport in New Zealand in terms of aircraft movements, with 86,935 movements during 2010. This places it just behind Hamilton airport.[1] The airport's passengers were at 200,000 in 2008. The annual total numbers had a growth rate of 12.5% [1]

A number of small charter and training operations are also based here along with maintenance providers, Tauranga Aero Club and Bayflight Aviation. The popular Classic Flyers Museum and cafe is also based at the airport. There are also small Tandem skydiving and Gliding operations based here.

Tauranga Airport is the current location for the Sportavex biennial fly-in and airshow.

There are four tarmac gates at the terminal.

History[edit]

Tauranga Airport was acquired by the NZ Government from the traditional Maori land owners during World War 2 for defensive purposes. However, the Government failed to return it to them at the conclusion of the war, as it had also done in Raglan. The site provided an important link to burial grounds. Ownership has being contested by the traditional owners with the Waitangi Tribunal.[2]

The airport was opened in 1936.[2] The first commercial passenger service began in 1946, having previously been used as a training station for the Royal New Zealand Air Force. In 1967, construction began on a 1,280 metre runway, a control tower and a passenger terminal, which were completed the following year. The runway was extended in 1998 to its current length. The airport is owned by the Tauranga City Council. The airport was recently refurbished and a meeting room and Koru Club regional lounge installed above the departure lounge.

Because of the intensive growth of the Tauranga region, the airport has now been hemmed in by residential and industrial development. Although the airport can easily cater for the occasional Boeing 737 charter service, air traffic controllers have to coordinate with Tauranga Port authority to ensure the port's container crane's arms are lowered if arrivals are in a westerly direction due to that aircraft's lower approach vectors.

In 2006 a study into the feasibility of a new airport at Paengaroa or Payes Pa was produced, but Tauranga Airport is yet to reach full operational capacity.[3]

In 2010 the airport started an expansion of the terminal that took 6 months. A new 830sqm extension of the terminal included larger check in and baggage claim areas. The apron was expanded to allow a fourth parking spot for overnight aircraft. [4]

Facilities[edit]

Taxi stand, rental car offices, cafe, Internet access, public telephones, toilets, baby change, wheelchair access, baggage carousel and Koru Lounge.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air New Zealand Link operated by Air Nelson Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington
Air New Zealand Link operated by Eagle Airways Auckland
Air New Zealand Link operated by Mount Cook Airline Auckland[5]
Great Barrier Airlines Great Barrier
Sunair Gisborne, Great Barrier, Napier, Whitianga[6]
White Island Flights operated by East Bay Aviation Whakatane

Prospective Flights[edit]

Palmerston North Airport, Air New Zealand Link and Tauranga Airport are in discussions to commence flights between Tauranga and Palmerston North [7]

Operational information[edit]

Vans VR 6A landing on sealed runway 07
  • Airfield elevation is 13 ft AMSL
  • Runway 07/25, 1825 x 45 metres sealed
  • Runway 07/25, 1000 x 60 metres grass, currently only 700m as per NOTAM
  • Runway 04/22, 640 x 60 metres grass
  • Runway 16/34, 700 x 45 metres grass
  • Runway lighting available on runway 07/25 seal
  • Pavement Strength PCN 35
  • Circuit: RWY 04/07/34 - right hand RWY 16/22/25 - left hand
    • Circuit Height: 1000 ft AMSL

Tauranga Airport is located within a Control Zone which is controlled by Tauranga Tower.

Sources[edit]

  • NZAIP Volume 4 AD
  • Air New Zealand [3]
  • Sunair [4]

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