Nelson Airport is the gateway to the top of the South Island. It is the busiest regional airport in New Zealand and fast becoming the best.
The airport is undergoing a major redevelopment to create one of the smartest, most modern and efficient airports in the country.
Nelson Airport is highly connected, offering up to 600 flights in and out of the region weekly. Six airlines use the airport to connect Nelson Tasman directly with six destinations, including all of New Zealand’s main centres.
As a major centre of freight and tourism for the region, the airport has the highest passenger numbers of any regional airport. It reached a record one million passengers within a year in 2017 and is set to record more than 1.4 million each year by 2035.
The airport’s $32 million redevelopment is already on track to meet future growth. The first phase of the multi-stage programme has been completed, marked by the opening of a new entry road and car parking area.
When finished, the car parking area will cater for 920 vehicles. This will provide 270 new parks. Visitors also now have the option of ticketless car parking with PayWave, using their credit card or debit card to enter and exit at the access arm, making the experience all that much easier.
Development of the new terminal is currently underway. It will be a visually stunning, sustainable and scalable building featuring locally-sourced timber and designed to reflect the beauty of the region. Visitors will enjoy an intuitive layout, with a larger check-in area and departure lounge, new retail and food spaces, and double the number of toilets.
Ultimately, Nelson Airport is stepping up to support and enable the region’s growing economy.
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