Sunair is an airline based in New Zealand.

Sunair Logo.jpg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Commenced operations2006 as Sunair
HubsTauranga Airport
Fleet size14
HeadquartersTauranga, New Zealand
Key peopleDaniel Power (CEO)
Sunair Piper Aztec

It operates scheduled services in the North Island. Headquartered in Tauranga, the airline flies to Hamilton, Rotorua, Gisborne, Ardmore, Whangarei, Whitianga and Great Barrier Island.[1] It also has charter and pilot training operations. Sunair has fifteen aircraft.[2]


Sunair initially started as a commuter operator to Motiti Island in the Bay of Plenty with one aircraft. The airline has flown for over 30 years and has a safe accident free record. It operates approximately 4000 flights per year with a staff of 28.[3]

The Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand withdrew Sunair's Air Operator Certificate, along with the Certificate of Airworthiness for the Sunair fleet, on September 8th 2017. No reason for the certificate withdrawal has been made public by the Authority. The airline remains inoperative while the matter is being pursued by the Authority.

Sunair remained grounded for 203[4] days and was finally granted permission to fly again in April 2018, by NZ CAA.

The first service resumed[4] in its own right was the doctor service between Whangarei and Kaitaia, which Sunair had been able to continue to operate using leased aircraft. Scheduled services were offered again from the 28th of May 2018 with flights being offered from Hamilton or Tauranga to Great Barrier Island or Whangarei, and from Great Barrier Island to Whitianga or Whangarei. The East Coast service has not been recommenced at this stage.


As of March 2017 Sunair currently operates services from the following destinations:[5][6]

City Airport Notes
Auckland Ardmore Airport
Auckland Auckland Airport Terminated
Gisborne Gisborne Airport
Great Barrier Island Great Barrier Aerodrome
Hamilton Hamilton Airport Focus city
Motiti Island Motiti Island Aerodrome Served on demand
New Plymouth New Plymouth Airport Terminated
Palmerston North Palmerston North Airport Terminated
Rotorua Rotorua Regional Airport
Tauranga Tauranga Airport Hub
Whakatane Whakatane Airport Terminated
Whangarei Whangarei Airport
Whitianga Whitianga Aerodrome


As of April 2016 the Sunair fleet consists of the following light aircraft:[2]


  1. ^ [1] (PDF)
  2. ^ a b "New Zealand Civil Aircraft Register". Retrieved 17 April 2016.
  3. ^ "A Little History About Sunair". Archived from the original on 20 June 2016.
  4. ^ a b L, Steve (13 February 2011). "3rd Level New Zealand: Sunair - Still Shining". 3rd Level New Zealand. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Sunair scheduled flights". Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  6. ^

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