Wellington International Airport

Wellington International Airport

Wellington International Airport is on the Rongotai isthmus, 7 km southeast of central Wellington, New Zealand's capital city.


It is a major domestic hub, and has links to the major cities of Australia. In 2005 it served 4.6 million passengers, and currently over 5 million passengers. The airport in recent months has experienced phenomenal growth rates (around 22%). As at the year to date (YTD) May 2008, 5,177,634 passengers passed through the airport, an increase of over 500,000 from the same time in the previous year.

Rongotai Airport started with a grass runway in November 1929.[3] The airport opened in 1935,[4] but was closed down due to safety reasons on 27 September 1947 (grass surface often became unusable during winter months).[5] During the closure, Paraparaumu Airport, 35 miles north of Wellington, became Wellington's airport, and became the country's busiest airport in 1949.

In spite of the short runway and frequent winds, there have been very few safety incidents at the airport. However at the air show held at the airport on opening day in 1959 there were at least two incidents: a Royal New Zealand Air Force Sunderland flying boat scraped its keel along the runway during a low pass in turbulent conditions and a Royal Air Force Avro Vulcan bomber aborted its landing when it touched down short of the runway damaging its undercarriage and a wing. The aircraft then flew to Ohakea air base where it was stranded for several weeks awaiting repairs.

In 1991, a United Airlines Boeing 747 made an unscheduled landing after its original destination, Christchurch Airport, was closed by fog. Although the plane landed safely, all passengers and freight had to be offloaded before it was able to take off again. The plane was originally diverted from Auckland to Christchurch, due to fog at Auckland. Whilst passing Wellington, Christchurch was also blanketed by fog. Low on fuel, the flight was diverted to Wellington.

On 21 November 2007, a Cessna 172 owned by Wings over Whales departing to Kaikoura on a whale-watching trip flipped onto its roof as it was taxiing onto the runway in strong northerly winds. Two people were on board and escaped with only minor injuries. The airport was closed for approximately 2 hours.

On 17 June 2008, a Pacific Blue 737-800 was moved sideways away from an airbridge after a strong gust of wind caught the tail section. Although passengers were disembarking at the time and ground crew were working under the aircraft, no-one was injured.

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Location

Wellington International Airport PO Box 14175, Stewart Duff Drive
Rongotai, Wellington, WGN
New Zealand

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