Palmerston North International Airport

Palmerston North International Airport is the main airport in the Manawatu district of the North Island of New Zealand. It is located on the North-eastern boundary of the city of Palmerston North, approximately five kilometres from the City centre. Scheduled domestic Air Transport Operations are operated by Air New Zealand susidiarys (Mount Cook Airlines, Air Nelson, and Eagle Airways) on a daily basis. International flights have not operated from the airport since the 2008, however it has kept its "international" denomination.

The airport also serves as a base for New Zealand Postal services, the main offices of engineering and maintenance provider 'Fieldair', two helicopter service providers: Helipro and Precision Helicopters Limited, the Bulls Flying Doctor Service and pilot training organisations: The Massey University School of Aviation and Wings Flight Training.

The Terminal

The Airport has one passenger terminal which has limited facilities onsite. In mid 2011 works began on Stage One of a three part project to upgrade the terminal and its facilities. This includes a rearranged bagage collection area to improve passenger flow, upgrading the toilet blocks, new carpet and seating for the waiting areas and modern and artistic entance-ways around the building.

Current Facilities include:

- Toilets
- Airline Check In Counters and Ticket Sales
- A small Book and Souvenier shop
- A Cafeteria and Bar
- Pre-paid Internet Terminals
- An ATM (ASB)
- A Children's Play Corner
- Rental car kiosks for Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty.
- Air New Zeland operates a Koru lounge for members of it's Koru Club or those who wish to pay the entrance fee.
-Free Taxi Phone (shuttles should be pre-arranged)

The airport doesn't operate passenger services at night so there are no hotels or sleeping facilities on site. If visiting, you can travel the 5 km from the Airport into Palmerston North City where there are a range of accomodation options and eateries available.

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Terminal (image embedded from Flickr on 1 May 2010) Terminal shop (image embedded from Flickr on 1 May 2010)

Technical Data

  • Abbreiviations:


  • Control Services Provided

Palmerston North International Airport is a controlled aerodrome, which offers tower, surface movement control services (when required) and Terminal Infromation Service (ATIS).
It is located within 'Class D' Airspace.

  • Runway Data:

The airport has two parallel runways. The main sealed runway which is designed for 737 or A320 sized aircraft and a secondary grass runway which is primarily used by training organisations and the general aviation sector.

Main Runway Designators: 07 Seal, 25 Seal

1902 metres long, 45 metres wide

Edge Lighting, End Identifier Lighting, 3 Degree Precision Approach Path Indicators with a threshold crossing height of fifty feet
Back up power is available

Secondary Runway Designators: 07 Grass, 25 Grass

608 metres long, 60 metres wide


For further information refer to Aip NZ - Palmerston North

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Palmerston North International Airport
This is the official website for the airport, although it appears to be outdated.
Wikipedia - Palmerston North International Airport
You can find some more information about the airport in this page in Wikipedia.

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