Dunedin International Airport is located 20km away from the city of Dunedin in the Otago region on the South Island of New Zealand. It was built in 1962. Owned by Dunedin City Council and the New Zealand Government, the airport is operated by Dunedin International Airport.
It is the hub for airline services such as Air Nelson, Air New Zealand, Mainland Air Services, Mount Cook and Pacific Blue.
The airport serves more than 700,000 passengers and records about 25,000 aircraft operations. The airport is expected to serve more than one million passengers by 2015.
The airport has one runway (3/21) which is 1,900m in length and is made with asphalt.
The airport has a 10,000m2, three-level passenger terminal. The ground level includes an international arrival and exit area, domestic and international baggage claim area, check-in counters, car rental offices and duty-free arrivals.
The international departure area, airport administration offices, gift shops, cafes and duty free shops at both landside and airside are housed on level one.
Level two has conference rooms and the Koru lounge of Air New Zealand.
The passenger facilities at the terminal include 12 check-in desks, five gates, two aerobridges, two baggage claim belts, five aircraft stands, a postoffice, an auto exchange machine, restaurants, a tourist help desk, disabled access and a business centre.
Airport upgrade and expansions
A five-year apron rehabilitation programme was undertaken in 2006. As part of it, the apron area was upgraded in 2009 by Beca in association with Richard Roberts and John McCall.
The work included development of apron and extension of gate one to allow larger aircraft to operate at the airport without restriction. The contract also included reconstruction of the terminal side slot drain to full length. A new asphalt sealing was laid between the concrete apron and the terminal.
Arrow International has undertaken the refurbishment of the terminal floor area to accommodate for future expansions and car parking to increase the number of parks by 170.
In 2005, MWH was awarded a $25m contract to provide designs for the mechanical and HVAC services at the terminal. Under the contract, MWH installed an open loop groundwater heatpump system.
Mainland Air Services provides premium air service for scenic flights, air freight, air charters and air ambulance operations.
It also has one Mainland Aviation College with a Flight Training Establishment, which has a fleet of 12 training aircraft, qualified flight instructors and learning environments.
The commercial air navigation services at the airport are managed by Airways New Zealand. It manages the air traffic operations across 30m km2 of air space in New Zeeland.
The ground handling serves at the airport are offered by Air Center One, which also offers FBOs (fixed based operations) at the airport along with Capital Jet Services.
The airport has a warehouse with a capacity of 1,000m². It is also facilitated with aircraft maintenance, mechanical handling and X-ray equipment.
In February 2011, an aircraft belonging to Air New Zealand 737-300 made an emergency landing at the airport.
All the 115 passengers onboard were safe and the incident happened shortly after the take off when a bird struck the left engine of the aircraft.
In December 2010, a freight plane missed hitting an airport security officer’s vehicle while landing on the runway of the airport.
The airport has both short and long term car parking spaces available. It is well lit and has a round-the-clock security facility. It has more than 1,035 car parking spaces which include 767 public car parking spaces, 133 spaces for rental cars and 135 spaces for airport staff tenants.