Barrier Air

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Barrier Air
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1983
Hubs Great Barrier Aerodrome
Fleet size 9
Destinations 8
Headquarters Auckland, New Zealand
Key people Mark Roberts (CEO), Michael Greig (Flight Operations Manager)
Britten-Norman Trislander aircraft of the airline at the Great Barrier Aerodrome.
Aircraft of the airline at the Great Barrier Aerodrome.

Barrier Air is a New Zealand airline that was established in 1983 by Jim Bergman as Great Barrier Airlines. The airline's initial fleet was one Cessna 172, one Cessna 206 and a vintage DHA3 Australian three engine Drover. Bergman flew the first scheduled service to Great Barrier Island in December 1983,[2] departing from Ardmore Airport, an airport three nautical miles southeast of Manurewa in Auckland, New Zealand.

The head office is located at the Air New Zealand Domestic Terminal at Auckland International Airport in Mangere, with an additional office in the Terminal Building of the North Shore Aerodrome in Dairy Flat.[3]

Great Barrier now operate out of Auckland, the two Great Barrier airports Claris and Okiwi, Kaitaia, North Shore Aerodrome, Tauranga, Whangarei and Whitianga.[4] The company employs more than twenty-five staff and operates a fleet of eight aircraft. They also once operated a subsidiary company, Air Coromandel, which ceased operations approx. 2003.

In early 2015, coinciding with a change in management, and the purchase of an ex-Bering Air Cessna Grand Caravan, the name of the airline was changed from Great Barrier Airlines to Barrier Air.[5]


Former fleet:


It has been in a long-running commercial battle with its main local competitor Great Barrier Xpress Mountain Air (with the Great Barrier division of Mountain Air now sold off and operating separately as Fly My Sky), which it claims has at times used methods like registering the name 'Great Barrier Air' for its own operations (something that was later forbidden by a legal injunction, as it was too close to Great Barrier Airlines own name). The competition between the two airlines is considered as one of the main reasons for the relatively low flight prices, which as of January 2008 remained almost exactly at 1998 prices, despite a trebling of aviation fuel prices in the nine years of competition between the two airlines.[2]


  1. ^ a b Not an ICAO allocation - issued for domestic use by the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand:
  2. ^ a b Thompson, Wayne (5 January 2008). "Rival airlines turn up tit-for-tat heat". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 8 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "Contact Us." Great Barrier Airlines. Retrieved on 29 November 2011. "Physical: Air New Zealand Domestic Terminal Auckland International Airport (Eastern End)" and "Terminal Building North Shore Aerodrome Dairy Flat"
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  5. ^ "[1]." Barrier Air. Retrieved on 4 August 2015.

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