Salt Air was established by Grant Harnish in December 1992. Initially it operated a Grumman Widgeon on scenic flights around the Bay of Islands from Paihia. The company soon expanded to incorporate a land-based operation from the airstrip at Haruru Falls (near Pahia) and Kerikeri airport. Over the years the size of the aircraft grew from 3-seat Cessna 172s to 7-seat Cessna 207s. Helicopters were introduced in 2001 and these operate from the Paihia waterfront and are used for sightseeing and charter flights throughout the Far North area.
|Grumman Widgeon ZK-AVM at Ardmore on 11 October 1999.|
|Cessna 208B Caravan ZK-MJL arrives at Whangarei from Kerikeri for a brief stop before continuing on to North Shore on 19 May 2009.|
|At North Shore on 5 July 2011 the aircraft's engine is kept running while ground staff load passengers and luggage for the shuttle to Auckland and the northbound flight.|
|Gippsland Airvan ZK-MAB arrives at North Shore on 23 October 2012|
|I have flown on the Salt Air service twice, once from Whangarei and once from Kerikeri, and as their motto says “Northland - best seen from above.” I certainly saw a lot more from the Caravan than I did from the northbound Beech 1900s!|
Salt Air's Northland Xpress service finished on the 31st of October 2012.