Whakatane Airport

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Whakatane Airport
Whakatane airport terminal, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, 2 April 2008.jpg
Whakatane airport terminal


WHK is located in North Island
Location of airport in New Zealand
Location Whakatane, New Zealand
Elevation AMSL 20 ft / 6 m
Coordinates 37°55′14″S 176°54′51″E / 37.92056°S 176.91417°E / -37.92056; 176.91417
Direction Length Surface
ft m
09R/27L 2,461 750 Grass
09L/27R 4,200 1,280 Asphalt
Source: World Aero Data [1]
Whakatane Airport terminal.

Whakatane Airport (IATA: WHKICAO: NZWK) is an airport serving the town of Whakatane and surrounding tourist attractions (Mount Tarawera, White Island) in New Zealand.

Air New Zealand Link formerly operated flights to Auckland, operated by Eagle Airways with Beech 1900D aircraft. In November 2014, Air New Zealand announced that it would cease operating the Auckland-Whakatane route from April 2015.[1] Following the announcement, numerous airlines including Sunair[2] expressed interest in continuing the route themselves. Air Chathams announced in January 2015 a twice-daily service to Auckland, starting at the end of April.[3] In April 2015, Sunair also announced it would commence scheduled services from Whakatane to Hamilton, Gisborne and Napier,[4] although the Napier service was eventually cancelled.[5]

The airport also houses a flight school, agricultural aircraft and commercial helicopter operations.[citation needed]

The "excitingly different" terminal building was designed by Roger Walker[6] and completed in 1974.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air Chathams Auckland[7]
Sunair Gisborne, Hamilton

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Air New Zealand announces outcome of review to deliver more sustainable regional air services", Air New Zealand Media Release, 11 November 2014. Retrieved on 24 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Sunair looks at abandoned Air NZ routes, blames airports for high fares", National Business Review, 17 November 2014. Retrieved on 24 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Air Chathams to offer daily flights from Whakatane", Whakatane News, 22 January 2015. Retrieved on 24 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Sunair brings new services to Whakatane Airport", Whakatane Beacon, 29 April 2015. Retrieved on 26 November 2015.
  5. ^ "Sunair bows out of Napier", 3rd Level New Zealand, 18 September 2015. Retrieved on 26 November 2015.
  6. ^ Home and Building, vol 37, no. 6, 1975
  7. ^ "Whakatane Air Services". Air Chathams Ltd. 

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