Woodbourne Airport

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Woodbourne Airport
BlenheimAirportMarlboroughNew Zealand.jpg

IATA: BHEICAO: NZWB

BHE is located in New Zealand Marlborough
BHE
BHE
Location of airport in Marlborough
Summary
Airport type Public and Military
Operator Marlborough Airport Ltd
Serves Blenheim, New Zealand
Location State Highway 6, Blenheim, New Zealand
Elevation AMSL 33 m / 109 ft
Coordinates 41°31′06″S 173°52′13″E / 41.51833°S 173.87028°E / -41.51833; 173.87028
Website www.marlboroughairport.co.nz
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
06R/24L 1,425 4,675 Bitumen
06L/24R 1,425 4,675 Grass
10/28 1,182 3,878 Grass
Statistics (2014 [1][2])
Passenger throughput 237,162
Landings 9,399
Aircraft movements (2010) 22,829

Woodbourne Aerodrome (IATA: BHEICAO: NZWB) is a small, controlled aerodrome located 3NM (8 km) west of Blenheim in the South Island of New Zealand, on State Highway Six, Middle Renwick Road. Marlborough Airport (Company Name) is a busy regional airport co-located with RNZAF Base Woodbourne in the Wairau Valley on the north-eastern corner of the South Island of New Zealand. The airport has a single terminal and 7 tarmac gates.

History[edit]

Woodbourne was one of the first airports in New Zealand. Today it is one of the few remaining air force bases (RNZAF Base Woodbourne); with general maintenance and initial training conducted there.

It also serves as the civil airport for Blenheim. Runway 06R/24L was sealed for Fokker Friendships in 1961, and was one of the first regional airports in the country to take turboprop aircraft.

Today it has more frequent operations, with Air New Zealand's regional subsidiary Eagle Airways using Beechcraft 1900 and Air Nelson using Bombardier Q300 aircraft. The busiest route from Blenheim remains across the Cook Strait to Wellington, 80 km to the north-east; flights take only 25 minutes. Nightly Air Post flights operated by Fokker Friendship aircraft carry post from the North Island.

The terminal building is scheduled for major renovation in 2014 to cope with growing passenger demand and increased use by larger aircraft types. The redevelopment includes extension of the apron along with new check-in, baggage claim facilities and additional car parking.[3]

The airport was the 12th busiest in New Zealand during the 2014 year based on passenger numbers.[4]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air New Zealand Link operated by Air Nelson Auckland, Christchurch (begins 2 May 2016), Wellington
Air New Zealand Link operated by Eagle Airways Christchurch (ends 1 May 2016), Wellington (ends 27 March 2016)
Air New Zealand Link
operated by Mount Cook Airline
Auckland (begins 9 February 2016)
Air2there Kapiti Coast, Nelson
Sounds Air Kapiti Coast, Wellington, Westport [5]
Tauck Tours
operated by Alliance Airlines[6]
Charter: Te Anau[7]

Air New Zealand operate daily up to four flights to Auckland, eight flights to Wellington and three flights to Christchurch[8]

Sounds Air to begin flights to Napier in August 2015, with flights two days a week[9]

Marlborough Airport terminal building in 2012
Air National Jetstream 32 on the tarmac at Blenheim
RNZAF Boeing 727-200 seen here at Blenheim, this is now on static display

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Blenheim Airport". Marlboroughairport.co.nz. Retrieved 2015-05-14. 
  2. ^ "Domestic and International Aircraft Movements By Calendar Year" (PDF). Airways.co.nz. Retrieved 2015-06-01. 
  3. ^ Chloe Winter (2014-03-04). "Bombardier takes off". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 2015-05-14. 
  4. ^ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_the_busiest_airports_in_New_Zealand
  5. ^ "Timetable" (PDF). Dropbox.com. Retrieved 2015-05-14. 
  6. ^ "Tauck Tours using an Australian Fokker 50 in New Zealand". Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  7. ^ "Spotlight on New Zealand". Tauck.co.nz. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  8. ^ "Air New Zealand Timetable". Airnewzealand.co.nz. Retrieved 2015-05-14. 
  9. ^ http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/68649311/sounds-air-flights-links-wine-centres-of-blenheim-and-napier.html

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