|Operator||Tauranga Airport Authority|
|Elevation AMSL||13 ft / 4 m|
Tauranga Airport (IATA: TRG, ICAO: NZTG) is a regional airport 2 nautical miles (4 km) to the northeast of the Tauranga city center on coastal land adjoining Tauranga Harbour. It is located in the Bay of Plenty region in the North Island of New Zealand.
Scheduled flights are operated by Air New Zealand subsidiaries Eagle Airways, Air Nelson and Mount Cook Airline under the Air New Zealand Link banner; using Beechcraft 1900D, Bombardier Q300 and ATR 72 aircraft respectively.
Tauranga airport is the fifth busiest airport in New Zealand in terms of aircraft movements, with 70,450 movements during 2013. This places it just behind Wellington airport however, the vast majority of these are non-scheduled General aviation flights. In 2014 the airport handled around 270,000 passengers per annum, making it the 12th busiest airport in the country based on passenger numbers. 
A number of small charter and training operations are also based here. The popular Classic Flyers Museum and cafe is also based at the airport. There are also small tandem skydiving and gliding operations based here.
Tauranga Airport is the current location for the Sportavex biennial fly-in and airshow.
There are four tarmac gates at the terminal.
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Tauranga Airport was acquired by the NZ Government from the traditional Maori land owners during World War 2 for defensive purposes. However, the Government failed to return it to them at the conclusion of the war, as it had also done in Raglan. The site provided an important link to burial grounds. Ownership has being contested by the traditional owners with the Waitangi Tribunal.
The airport was opened in 1936. The first commercial passenger service began in 1946, having previously been used as a training station for the Royal New Zealand Air Force. In 1967, construction began on a 1,280 metre runway, a control tower and a passenger terminal, which were completed the following year. The runway was extended in 1998 to its current length. The airport is owned by the Tauranga City Council. The airport was recently refurbished and a meeting room and Koru Club regional lounge installed above the departure lounge.
Because of the intensive growth of the Tauranga region, the airport has now been hemmed in by residential and industrial development. Although the airport can easily cater for the occasional Boeing 737 charter service.
In 2006 a study into the feasibility of a new airport at Paengaroa or Pyes Pa was produced, but Tauranga Airport is yet to reach full operational capacity.
In 2010 the airport started an expansion of the terminal that took 6 months. A new 830sqm extension of the terminal included larger check in and baggage claim areas. The apron was expanded to allow a fourth parking spot for overnight aircraft.
Airlines and destinations
|Air New Zealand Link operated by Air Nelson||Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington|
|Air New Zealand Link operated by Eagle Airways||Auckland (ends 8 February 2016)|
|Air New Zealand Link operated by Mount Cook Airline||Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington (begins 2 May 2016)|
|Sunair||Claris, Gisborne, Napier, Whitianga
Charter: Motiti Island
Taxi stand, rental car offices, cafe, Internet access, public telephones, toilets, baby change, wheelchair access, baggage carousel and Koru Lounge.
- Airfield elevation is 13 ft AMSL
- Runway 07/25, 1825 x 45 metres sealed
- Runway 07/25, 1000 x 60 metres grass, currently only 700m as per NOTAM
- Runway 04/22, 640 x 60 metres grass
- Runway 16/34, 700 x 45 metres grass
- Runway lighting available on runway 07/25 seal
- Pavement Strength PCN 35
- Circuit: RWY 04/07/34 - right hand RWY 16/22/25 - left hand
- Circuit Height: 1000 ft AMSL
Tauranga Airport is located within a Control Zone which is controlled by Tauranga Tower.
- Michele McPherson, Michele (4 August 2006). "Regional airports drop off radar". Tauranga, New Zealand: Bay Of Plenty Times. Retrieved 18 October 2013.
- "Airline Schedule & Fares - Issue 52". Sunair Aviation. Retrieved 21 June 2015.
- "Charter Flights NZ". Sunair Aviation. Retrieved 21 June 2015.
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