Salt Air

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Salt Air
Salt Air NZ logo.png
Founded 1992
Fleet size 5
Company slogan Northland - Best seen from above
Headquarters Paihia waterfront, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
Key people Grant Harnish (CEO /Owner)

Salt Air is a New Zealand charter airline based in Paihia in the Bay of Islands, in the Northland Region of the North Island.

Until November 2012 Salt Air flew scheduled air services between North Shore Aerodrome in Auckland, Whangarei and the Bay of Islands, with a base at Kerikeri Airport. This 'Xpress Service' was sold to Flight Hauraki [1]


Salt Air is a family business and was established by Grant Harnish in December 1992, initially operating a Grumman Widgeon seaplane from the Paihia waterfront offering scenic flights around the beautiful Bay of Islands. The business grew steadily in the first season and it was decided to make the Bay of Islands a more permanent base. An office was built in central Paihia at the seaplane ramp and Salt Air established their head office on the Paihia waterfront.

As an extension to the seaplane operation, Salt Air began operating land-based aircraft from the airports at Haruru Falls and Kerikeri. These aircraft were in turn used to develop their tourism business. From 2001 onward helicopters were also introduced to the operation. As well as offering scenic flights over the Bay of Islands from the Paihia waterfront.

In addition to the scenic flights a large amount of charter work to various airports in the North Island has increased Salt Air’s profile in the tourism and charter aviation scene within New Zealand.


Salt Air Fleet [2]

Aircraft Total in Fleet Passengers Notes
GippsAero GA8 Airvan 1 6 or 7
Robinson R44 Raven II 1 3
Bell B206L-3 Longranger 2 5 or 6

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  1. ^ "Operator sells to spread wings". The Northern Advocate. 22 Oct 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-29. 
  2. ^ [1]

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