Dunedin Airport

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Dunedin Airport
Dunedin Airport From the air.JPG
Dunedin International Airport control tower and terminal building in 2010
Dunedin International Airport logo.svg
Airport type Public
Owner Dunedin City Council and the New Zealand Government (The Crown)
Operator Dunedin International Airport Limited
Serves Dunedin
Location Momona, Dunedin, New Zealand
Built 1962
Elevation AMSL 1.2 m / 4 ft
Coordinates 45°55′41″S 170°11′54″E / 45.92806°S 170.19833°E / -45.92806; 170.19833Coordinates: 45°55′41″S 170°11′54″E / 45.92806°S 170.19833°E / -45.92806; 170.19833
Website www.dunedinairport.co.nz
Dunedin Airport is located in New Zealand
Dunedin Airport
Dunedin Airport
Location of Dunedin Airport in New Zealand
Direction Length Surface
m ft
03/21 1,900 6,234 Asphalt
Statistics (2016)
Passenger throughput 909,614[1](financial year)[2]
Aircraft movements 29,229[3]

Dunedin Airport (IATA: DUDICAO: NZDN), officially Dunedin International Airport, though daily known as Dunedin Airport and colloquially known as Momona Airport, is an international airport in the Otago region of the South Island of New Zealand, serving Dunedin city and the Otago and Southland regions. Dunedin Airport is one of two international airports in Otago, the other being Queenstown International Airport. It is located adjacent to the village of Momona on the Taieri Plains approximately 22 kilometres south west of Dunedin CBD. It is the fifth busiest airport in New Zealand by passengers.

It has a single paved runway rated for aircraft up to the Boeing 767,[4] with ILS in both directions. It has one terminal building with five gates, two with airbridges; and also customs facilities and other amenities. Mainland Air, a flight school and charter service, operates from a hangar next to the terminal building. The Dunedin City Council and the Crown each own 50 percent of Dunedin International Airport Limited,[5] a publicly unlisted company which operates the utility.


Air New Zealand Boeing 737-300 touching down on Runway 21, while an Air New Zealand Airbus A320-200 waits on the taxiway. February 2009.

The old airfield at Taieri was not economic to expand to cater for the growth in air travel expected in the future. Construction of the present airport was completed in 1962, and its primary use was to cater for passengers of short haul aircraft. NZNAC started Fokker Friendship services immediately upon opening with Vickers Viscount services starting in December 1962. A large new hangar was completed in 1963. Mount Cook Airlines operated to Dunedin from March 1966 to July 1991. NAC started Boeing 737 services to Dunedin in December 1968. Automatic sliding doors were provided in the terminal in 1969 with a Rothmans clock being installed in the terminal in 1971 and the toilets being expanded that same year. A new mezzanine floor and aircraft viewing deck were installed in 1974. The airport was closed due to flooding from June to July 1980. Ansett New Zealand began Boeing 737 (later replaced by BAe 146 aircraft) in December 1988 with airline lounges and airbridges being added in 1988. Extension of the runway to 1,900 metres was completed in May 1993. The first international flight, a Qantas Boeing 737-300 touched down in Dunedin in July 1994. Kiwi Travel International Airlines started regular transtasman flights in August 1995 followed by Freedom Air in December of the same year. Mount Cook Airlines began ATR-72 servies to Dunedin in November 1995. Kiwi Air collapsed in September 1996. Ansett New Zealand became Qantas New Zealand in September 2000 and collapsed in April 2001, leaving Origin Pacific to step in for a time. In about 2005, the check-in space was enlarged and a new international arrival area was added. The present terminal building was opened in October 2005. Freedom Air was absorbed into Air New Zealand at the end of March 2008. Virgin Australia began flying to Dunedin in July 2008, followed by Jetstar in July 2011. This airport is the third busiest and largest on the South Island of New Zealand, after Christchurch International Airport and Queenstown Airport.

Air New Zealand used to fly to Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney until 2010 when it divested responsibility to Virgin. In 2014 Virgin ceased the flights to Melbourne and Sydney.[6]

The airport's name was changed from Dunedin International Airport to Dunedin Airport in 2015.[7]

Infrastructure and services[edit]

A Jetstar Airbus A320 on the tarmac with a Virgin Australia Boeing 737 in the background

Traffic and statistics[edit]

In 1963, a total of 100,000 passengers passed through the airport. It received its first international flight in 1994, and in 1995, there was a total of 520,000 passengers. This figure declined to 481,000 in 2000 with a total of 19,000 aircraft movements. It was predicted that by 2015 aircraft movements will exceed 38,000 with a projected 1,000,000 passengers. For the 2009 financial year passengers numbered 770,206.[8]

Air New Zealand Koru Club[edit]

Air New Zealand Koru Club in Dunedin

A Lounge is available for Club members and Air NZ Gold/Gold Elite and Star Alliance Gold Frequent Flyers.


In 2009, Dunedin International Airport Limited announced it had the land and consent to extend the runway from 1,900 m (6,200 ft) to 2,400 m (7,900 ft), at a cost of NZ$20 million. The extension would accommodate larger aircraft, on longer haul routes from as far afield as the United States and Southeast Asia. It also stressed that this extension would take place when needed and not simply as a project just for the sake of a longer runway.[9]


Dunedin International Airport Limited owns Momona Village, a small housing community adjacent to the airport.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Boeing 737-300 taking-off from Dunedin International Airport
A Freedom Air Airbus 320-232 at Dunedin International Airport, 20 February 2006
Dunedin Airport terminal building in 2014
Dunedin Airport welcome sign, 2014


Airlines Destinations
Air New Zealand Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington
Air New Zealand Link
operated by Air Nelson
Air New Zealand Link
operated by Mount Cook Airline
Christchurch, Wellington
Jetstar Airways Auckland, Wellington[10]
Virgin Australia Brisbane


Busiest international routes into and out of Dunedin Airport (2014)[11]
Rank Airport Passengers  % Change
1  Australia, Brisbane 50,937 Decrease 4.3
2  Australia, Melbourne1 2,444 Decrease 40.4
3  Australia, Sydney1 2,430 Decrease 44.7

Mainland Air[edit]

Mainland Air is based at the airport, and operates scenic, charter and ambulance flights. Mainland Aviation College, a division of Mainland Air, operates a flight training school.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "FINANCIAL RESULTS 2012 – 2016". Dunedin Airport. Retrieved 2 October 2015. 
  2. ^ http://www.dunedinairport.co.nz/companyinfo.php
  3. ^ http://www.airways.co.nz/documents/avimove_stats.pdf
  4. ^ "Dunedin International Airport (DUD/NZDN)". A-Z World Airports Online. Retrieved 2009-11-12. 
  5. ^ "Dunedin International Airport Ltd (DIAL)". Crown Company Monitoring Advisory Unit. Retrieved 2009-11-12. 
  6. ^ "Virgin Australia cuts Dunedin flights". Stuff. 13 June 2014. Retrieved 7 February 2016. 
  7. ^ "Dunedin International Airport gets new name". Stuff. 8 July 2015. Retrieved 7 February 2016. 
  8. ^ "Investor Information". Dunedin International Airport. Retrieved 2010-01-07. 
  9. ^ McNeilly, Hamish (28 March 2009). "Push for longer runway". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 2009-05-19. 
  10. ^ "Jetstar adds Dunedin-Wellington service". Retrieved 30 July 2015. 
  11. ^ [1]

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