16 April 2016

Barrier Air at Hamilton

Cessna 208 Grand Caravan on the inaugural flight to Hamilton on 13 February 2016
Piper PA31 Chieftain arrives at Hamilton on 7 March 2016
Partenavia P68 ZK-PLA departs Hamilton for Auckland as GBA506 today, 16 April 2016


  1. As you can see, sadly, Services to Hamilton have all but failed as a stand alone service. Now operating a KRA operating days (except Sun) Akl-Ham-Akl singular return service. Barrier have started to advertise $60 special fares again Ham-Akl but kind of pointless as no way to get back.
    Pointed this out to them on their FB page and a rep PM'd me saying they are aware of the awkward timetable for now. A huge positive is that they are looking for another "suitable" aircraft for the route and "look to reinstated a better frequency."
    Considering they are down to the P68 on the route, the cost must be counting up.
    A new aircraft would have to be another Caravan?

  2. Just drive and use the park and ride. Just did a week away and the parking was $25

  3. BA might have bitten off more than they could chew for now. They needed to have pushed Great Barrier as a weekend getaway for Hamilton/Waikato. Wrong side of summer...A push for next summer a great idea. Parking at Ham long term is a rip off at $100 more than five days and not all that secure. Auckland wins hands down in that department. An opening for an off property provider?
    Like most Ham users, I try to fly from home but when the expressway is fully complete in 2019 will simply find AKL too tempting. It already is even with Huntly section still in construction.