07 August 2022

Two minutes at Auckland International

I had a few minutes to do a quick drive around at Auckland International and timed if right to get Boeing 737-400 ZK-JTQ arriving at Auckland after doing a post-maintenance test flight...

Airwork Flight Operations Limited's Boeing 737-400 ZK-JTQ at Auckland on 7 August 2022

13 years earlier, while with Qantas' Jet Connect, Boeing 737-400 ZK-JTQ at Auckland on 23 June 2009

01 August 2022

Additional Flight


Barrier Air have announced that they added a new daily Great Barrier Island return flight to their schedule.

The airline's Facebook page says, Due to popular demand, we've added two additional flights from Auckland ↔️ Great Barrier Island at a reduced $139 rate. From the 18th of August, you'll be able to head from Auckland to Great Barrier Island on a 7.30am flight, with a 8.30am flight from Great Barrier Island to Auckland. 

Whitianga reopened

Whitianga aerodrome reopened this morning after being closed for some weeks. Barrier Air's Cessna 208B Grand Caravan ZK-SDE operated Barrier Air flight 441 from Auckland and the return flight 442. 

Barrier Air returning to Whitianga this morning as on Flightaware...

Sunair also operated a service into from Tauranga this morning using Cessna 172 ZK-DPN.

Sunair returning to Whitianga this morning as on Flightradar24...

With all the wet weather on the Coromandel Peninsula some drainage work has been done to alleviate the impact on the grass runways. However, with the growth of the Whitianga area and the success, in particular of the Barrier Air service, you think the local council would be thinking of putting in a sealed runway.