Gisborne Airport

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Gisborne Airport
Gisborne Airport Logo.PNG
Airport type Public
Operator Eastland Group
Location Gisborne
Elevation AMSL 15 ft / 5 m
Coordinates 38°39′48″S 177°58′42″E / 38.66333°S 177.97833°E / -38.66333; 177.97833
GIS is located in North Island
Location of airport in North Island
Direction Length Surface
ft m
14R/32L 4,298 1,310 Asphalt
03/21 3,773 1,150 Grass
09/27 3,839 1,170 Grass
14L/32R 2,503 763 Grass

Gisborne Airport (IATA: GIS, ICAO: NZGS) is a regional airport located in the suburb of Elgin 4.2 km from the city centre of Gisborne on the East Coast of the North Island of New Zealand. Gisborne Airport is one of the few airports in the world that has a railway line, the Palmerston North–Gisborne Line, crossing the main runway. The airport has a single terminal with four tarmac gates. Gisborne Airport covers an area of around 160 hectares. It includes a sealed and night-capable runway (Rwy 14/32) at 1,310 metres in length, as well as three grass runways suitable for light aircraft.[1]

It was announced on September 7, 2018 that the airport will be receiving a $5.5m redevelopment loan to ensure the airport terminal reflects the unique cultural aspects of Tairāwhiti, closely linking with the region’s navigation-themed tourism initiative.[2]

Eastland Group management[edit]

On 16 December 2004, Gisborne District Council (who own and previously operated the airport) voted to let Eastland Group manage the airport and lease the assets from 1 April 2005. Gisborne District Council still remains owner of the assets. The lease runs for 15 years with an option to extend it for a further 15 years.

Quote from Eastland Group's website

Eastland Group pays Gisborne District Council an annual rental fee indexed to passenger numbers and is accountable for all capital investment. It bears all risk associated with the airports profitability, eliminating the need for ratepayer subsidy.

Since taking over, Eastland Group has created a new airport cafe 'V2', and a new airport logo.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Air New Zealand Auckland, Wellington
Sunair Hamilton, Rotorua, Tauranga

See also[edit]


NZAIP Volume 4 AD

Eastland Group website


  1. ^ "Airport Information". Retrieved 10 September 2018. 
  2. ^ "$153 million boost". Retrieved 2018-09-10. 

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