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Nelson Airport (New Zealand)

Nelson Airport (Māori: Te Papa Waka Rererangi o Whakatū) (IATA: NSN, ICAO: NZNS) is located 6 km south-west of central Nelson, New Zealand, in the suburb of Annesbrook. Approximately 1.2 million passengers and visitors use the airport terminal annually.[6] Passenger numbers for the 2017 financial year were 1,000,373,[7] up from 865,203 in 2016.[8]

Nelson Airport
Te Papa Waka Rererangi o Whakatū
Nelson, New Zealand 1977.jpg
Nelson Airport, 1977
Summary
Airport typePublic
OperatorNelson Airport Limited
LocationNelson, New Zealand
Elevation AMSL17 ft / 5 m
Coordinates41°17′54″S 173°13′16″E / 41.29833°S 173.22111°E / -41.29833; 173.22111Coordinates: 41°17′54″S 173°13′16″E / 41.29833°S 173.22111°E / -41.29833; 173.22111
Websitewww.NelsonAirport.co.nz
Map
NSN is located in New Zealand Marlborough
NSN
NSN
Location of airport in the northern South Island
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
02R/20L 1,347 4,420 Asphalt
02L/20R 731 2,398 Grass/Dirt
06/24 670 2,200 Grass/Dirt
17/35 600 1,970 Grass/Dirt
Statistics (2017)
Passengers1,000,373
Sources: Airport,[1] AIP,[2] DAFIF,[3][4][5]

It is the sixth-busiest airport in New Zealand by passenger numbers and seventh by aircraft movements, as well as being the busiest New Zealand airport without any scheduled international service. The airport has an Air New Zealand Koru Lounge.[9]

HistoryEdit

 
Bristol 170 Freighter unloading at Nelson, November 5 1952

Construction of Nelson Airport commenced in 1937.[10] In 2006, the airport received restricted international airport status and it has handled international private jets since then. The airport averages 60 commercial flights per day. The Airport precinct is home to 35 aeronautical and support businesses.[11]

Nelson airport is the home base of Air Nelson operating under the Air NZ Link banner, which operates a fleet of 23 Bombardier Dash 8 Q300s on national air routes. Air New Zealand, Air Nelson's parent airline, recently expanded its Nelson base, investing 30 million dollars to develop the engineering and technical workshops. Air New Zealand then announced the Air Nelson maintenance facility would also handle fellow subsidiary Mount Cook Airline's fleet of ATR 72-500/600 aircraft.[12]

The airport has a single terminal building with 9 tarmac gates. A further 7 remote gates are located adjacent to the terminal.

In 2014, Nelson City Council deemed the main terminal of Nelson Airport an earthquake risk and at fault of possible liquefaction. The airport has been granted 10 years to upgrade the terminal to meet current building standards.[13] The Nelson Airport management on 8 September 2015 have decided to rebuild the terminal instead of renovating the existing complex as this will best meet the growth needs in the future. It was also announced that due to increased airline activity strong passenger growth could be expected over the next two years. It is estimated that by the end of 2017 there could be more than 1 million passengers per annum and over 300 flights per week at the airport. [14]

On December 6, 2017, the airport inaugurated 270 new parking spaces and new exit barrier arms (the latter located near Air New Zealand's hangar on Trent drive) in order to help with traffic flow during the development and expansion phase mentioned above.[15]

 
The former Nelson Airport terminal in 2012
 
An Air New Zealand Link Dash 8 at Nelson in 2012.

Airlines and destinationsEdit

AirlinesDestinations
Air New Zealand Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington
Golden Bay Air Karamea, Takaka[16]
Originair Napier,[17] New Plymouth,[18] Palmerston North
Sounds Air Kapiti Coast,[19] Wellington

Air New Zealand operate up to 14 daily flights to Auckland, up to 12 daily flights to Wellington and up to 9 daily flights to Christchurch.[20]

Jetstar operated up to 4 daily flights to Auckland[21] and up to 3 daily flights to Wellington[22] until December 2019. On 25 September 2019, Jetstar announced a proposal to end all regional Q300 flights within New Zealand.[23]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Nelson Airport, official site
  2. ^ Charts for NZNS at AIP New Zealand
  3. ^ Airport information for NZNS at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
  4. ^ Airport information for NSN / NZNS at Great Circle Mapper. Source: AIP, CAA, DAFIF.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 August 2013. Retrieved 30 September 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Welcome to Nelson Airport".
  7. ^ "Reports 2017". Retrieved 29 September 2017.
  8. ^ "Nelson Airport experiences record growth after busiest year ever". Stuff.
  9. ^ "Regional lounges - Air New Zealand Lounges - At the airport - Experience - Air New Zealand". www.airnewzealand.co.nz.
  10. ^ Nelson Aerodrome, Evening Post, Volume CXXIII, Issue 32, 8 February 1937, p. 7.
  11. ^ "Nelson Airport company information". Retrieved 21 September 2015.
  12. ^ "Air Nelson to be given leeway over expansion". The Nelson Mail. Retrieved 27 October 2011.
  13. ^ "Airport has 10 years to upgrade terminal". Nelson Mail. 11 June 2014.
  14. ^ "New terminal confirmed for Nelson Airport". stuff.co.nz. 8 September 2015. Retrieved 21 September 2015.
  15. ^ "New arms help Nelson airport visitors fly through car parking". Stuff.
  16. ^ http://www.goldenbayair.co.nz/heaphytrack.html Golden Bay Air - Heaphy Track
  17. ^ "Airline to launch direct flights between Napier, New Plymouth and Palmerston North". Stuff.co.nz. 3 August 2018. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  18. ^ "News – Originair". originair.co.nz.
  19. ^ L, Steve (15 May 2015). "3rd Level New Zealand: Sounds Air announces yet another new service".
  20. ^ "Flight Schedules". Air New Zealand. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  21. ^ "Flight Schedules". Jetstar. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  22. ^ "Flight Schedules". Jetstar. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  23. ^ "Jetstar proposes withdrawal from regional flying in New Zealand". 25 September 2019. Retrieved 25 September 2019.

External linksEdit

 
A Beechcraft 1900 lifting off from Nelson Airport in New Zealand.