New Plymouth Airport was a 50:50 joint venture between the Crown and NPDC, until NPDC became the sole owner in 2017.
The same year, NPDC established a company, Papa Rererangi i Puketapu Ltd. (PRIP), to manage the airport as a commercial enterprise under a governance team of four independent directors. NPDC is the sole shareholder.
NPDC holds the aerodrome operator’s certificate, which includes the provision, maintenance and operation of the land and facilities, including the runways and the terminal buildings, but excludes the control tower and navigational aids, which are provided, maintained and operated by the Airways Corporation of New Zealand.
New Plymouth Airport is the fourth busiest regional airport in New Zealand and the ninth busiest airport overall.
In 2017, Originair began flying eight times a week between Nelson and New Plymouth Airport.
The existing terminal was designed in 1965 and opened in 1967 when annual passenger numbers were 50,000. Today it caters for about 440,000 passengers and 150,000 “meeters and greeters” each year and the numbers are rising.
Work on a terminal redevelopment began in 2017. It will include a new terminal with a footprint of about 4,092 square metres.
The new terminal will have:
• Check-in and luggage processing facilities for Air New Zealand and Jetstar and another operator such as Originair.
• Separate arrivals and departures areas.
• A modern baggage claim area.
• Rental car and private Airport shuttle services.
• More space for the café and two retail spaces selling convenience items.
• The potential to expand in future.
The cost of the new terminal is estimated at between $21.7 million and $28.7 million and it will be entirely funded by airport income.