Richard Pearse Airport (IATA: TIU, ICAO: NZTU), also known as Timaru Airport, is located off the Pleasant Point HWY, 4 km north of the suburb Washdyke in Timaru, New Zealand.
The airport takes its name from the local pioneer aviator, Richard Pearse, who allegedly flew before the Wright Brothers. Timaru is a small airport with 1 gate, with 1 asphalt runway, and 2 grass runways, it offers regular Air New Zealand Link flights to Wellington with a Bombardier Q300, formerly flights were operated to Oamaru by Air New Zealand and Christchurch by Mount Cook Airline. Timaru, along with Invercargill to its south, are the only two major centres without a direct air service to Auckland. Eagle Airways used to operate from Timaru to Wellington.
The terminal at Timaru airport, 2014
The Sign outside Timaru Airport, 2014
Airlines and destinations
- ^ Charts for NZTU at AIP New Zealand.
- ^ Airport information for NZTU at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
- ^ Airport information for TIU / NZTU at Great Circle Mapper. Source: AIP, CAA, DAFIF.