Latest News & Press Releases

OPERATIONAL CHANGE NOTICE

22 Sept 2014

The operator of Hamilton Airport wishes to advise all residents living in the vicinity of Hamilton Airport that, at present and in accordance with the airport’s Noise Management Plan (NMP)....Read More...

A GROWING BUSINESS COMMUNITY AT HAMILTON AIRPORT

18 August 2014

A new corporate aviation facility for helicopter charter business, Helicorp Limited, is just one of the recent developments within the business community at Hamilton Airport.... Read More...

RESEALING HAMILTON AIRPORT RUNWAY UNDERWAY

19 February 2014

Hamilton Airport’s 1,960 metre runway is being resealed with approximately 11,000 tonnes of asphaltic concrete... Read More...

$5.00 PASSENGER DEPARTURE LEVY AT HAMILTON AIRPORT TO CEASE

18 Dec 2013

Passengers departing from Hamilton Airport will no longer pay the $5.00 domestic departure levy as from 1 April 2014... Read More...

NEW CORPORATE HELICOPTER FACILITY AT HAMILTON AIRPORT

10 Dec 2013

A dedicated corporate helicopter charter facility will be constructed and operational at Hamilton Airport by the middle of next year... Read More...

TITANIUM PARK LAND SALE SIGNALS CONFIDENCE IN WAIKATO REGION

13 Nov 2013

The latest land transaction at Titanium Park is a strong sign of continued confidence in the local market... Read More...

PWC CENTRE AND TITANIUM PARK WIN URBAN DESIGN AWARD

29 Oct 2013

Hamilton’s PwC Centre and Titanium Park Stage 1 have been recognised at the Property Council’s ‘We Are Waikato’ awards... Read More...

HAMILTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT RELEASES 2012/13 ANNUAL RESULT

18 Oct 2013

Hamilton International Airport’s financial year began with... Read More...

HAMILTON PREPARED TO TAKE LEAD ROLE IF CATASTROPHE CLOSES AUCKLAND AIRPORT

29 Aug 2013

Hamilton International Airport has released an independent report showing that, in the event of a catastrophic closure of Auckland International Airport... Read More...

HAMILTON AIRPORT DECLARES SOLID FINANCIAL RESULT

31 Oct 2012

Hamilton Airport has outperformed its 2012 financial and operational expectations... Read More...

HAMILTON AIRPORT CUSTOMERS SAVE WITH ONLINE CARPARK BOOKING

28 June 2012

Hamilton Airport today launched a new online carpark booking system, providing customers with a chance to save significantly on parking expenses... Read More...

AIRPORT LAND SALE SEEN AS BREAKTHROUGH FOR FUTURE DEVELOPMENT

21 Oct 2011

Hamilton International Airport has greeted news of the sale of a large block of land on the airport precinct as having the potential to be a major catalyst for growth and development in the region... Read More...

HAMILTON AIRPORT RUNWAY APPROVED TO 3000M

12 Aug 2011

Hamilton International Airport (“HIA”) has achieved a major milestone in its history with the announcement today that the airport has secured approvals and recommendations to extend the runway to just short of 3000m... Read More...

STATE-OF-THE-ART AIRCRAFT PAINT FACILITY TO BE BUILT IN HAMILTON, NZ

8 Apr 2011

Acting Minister for Economic Development, the Hon David Carter, turned the first sod today in a ceremony marking the start of construction of a state-of-the-art aircraft paint facility... Read More...

 

OPERATIONAL CHANGE NOTICE

22 Sept 2014


The operator of Hamilton Airport wishes to advise all residents living in the vicinity of Hamilton Airport that, at present and in accordance with the airport’s Noise Management Plan (NMP), circuit training must be completed by 10:00 pm. However, with NZ Daylight Saving commencing SUNDAY 28th SEPTEMBER, circuit training completion times will be extended in accordance with the NMP to 10.30pm.

Note that this restriction applies only to circuit training – aircraft may operate into/out of the airport after 10:30pm, abiding by the appropriate section of the NMP.

More detailed information on the operation of Hamilton Airport can be found in the Noise Management Plan on the Hamilton Airport website: www.hamiltonairport.co.nz 

A GROWING BUSINESS COMMUNITY AT HAMILTON AIRPORT

18 August 2014

A new corporate aviation facility for helicopter charter business, Helicorp Limited, is just one of the recent developments within the business community at Hamilton Airport.

Located next to the main terminal, Helicorp’s purpose-built facility includes high quality administration offices, a corporate lounge and meeting room, with hangars for helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft.

Hamilton Airport’s General Manager – Commercial, George Clark, sees this as an exciting development for the airport, one which will attract corporate business and leisure aircraft operators to use Hamilton as a base.

Mr Clark says “The excellent design and functionality of this building is a credit to its owners, one of whom is Brent Glover, a local businessman who operates Helicorp. Following on from the recent sale of land at the airport by Titanium Park to Shaw’s Wire Ropes, this building will be a fantastic new addition to the airport precinct.”

Alpha Aviation, manufacturers of the Alpha 2-seater trainer aircraft are also returning to the aviation community and are currently constructing a new manufacturing facility on Steele Road, while BBC Technologies Limited, developers and manufacturers of advanced processing equipment for the global horticultural industry, have relocated their head office and production facility to the Airport precinct. Employing over 85 staff in NZ and overseas, Mr Clark says having BBC Technologies now based at Ingram Rd is a testament to the growing business community at the Airport which includes other large Waikato employers such as Torpedo7.

Resident pilot training organisation CTC Aviation recently launched their new training programme and officially opened a $4 million addition at their accommodation campus near the airport and as part of the tour of New Zealand by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William visited aircraft manufacturer, Pacific Aerospace, to inspect the production line of their P-750 XSTOL (Extremely Short Take-off and Landing) aircraft.

The Airport has also completed two major projects on the airfield, the first being a new general aviation taxiway for use by CTC Aviation Training, Waikato Aero Club and other parties. And the second being the $3.2million reseal of its main runway which was completed by Downer New Zealand and managed by engineering consultancy services company, Beca Limited.

For more information please contact:
George Clark, General Manager – Commercial Hamilton International Airport
P +64 7 848 9031
www.hamiltonairport.co.nz  

RESEALING HAMILTON AIRPORT RUNWAY UNDERWAY

19 February 2014

Hamilton Airport’s 1,960 metre runway is being resealed with approximately 11,000 tonnes of asphaltic concrete. 

It is the most significant infrastructure project at the airport since the extension of the terminal building in 2007. This maintenance overlay project will cost nearly $3.5M. It began in late January, with an expected completion date of the 22 February (this month). 

Hamilton Airport’s General Manager-Operations Simon Hollinger said resealing is commonly undertaken at airports throughout the country, and is designed to ensure that the structural integrity of the runway is maintained and future-proofed for both current and future operations for the next 12 to15 years. 

With approximately 11,000 tonnes of asphalt being laid, and a variety of heavy equipment involved, Hollinger said ensuring the safety of travellers and continuity of the Airport’s service was of paramount importance throughout the project. 

The contract for the work was awarded to Downer New Zealand following a tender process in mid-2013, which was managed by the ‘Airports Team’ from engineering consultancy services company, Beca Limited. 

Little evidence of the resealing work is visible to travellers, with a team of staff from Downer and Beca working each night from 9pm and ensuring the runway is operational for the first departing flight at 6am each day. 

“Downer’s team is milling and then resealing to a depth of 50mm, completing approximately 3,900 m• of the 45 metre-wide runway each night. We are very pleased with the quality of work and attention to detail being achieved on this project,” said Mr Hollinger. 

“Downer thrives on projects that are logistically challenging,” said George Leidig, Downer’s paving and production manager for the region. 

“The project team is fully supported by the highest company standards for quality, environmental and health and safety management. Our goal has been to ensure the project is completed on time to the highest standard while ensuring no disruption to travellers and the safety of our project team members.” 

A collaborative project team of Hamilton International Airport, Downer and Beca was formed to complete the resealing project, which has taken around a year to plan and implement. 

Tristan Hughes, Beca’s Project Director, said “There has been a real desire to excel in the planning and execution of this project. Every member of the team has played their part and the project is running smoothly as a result.” 

- Ends - 

For more information please contact: 

Simon Hollinger, General Manager – Operations
Hamilton International Airport
P +64 7 848 9027

$5.00 PASSENGER DEPARTURE LEVY AT HAMILTON AIRPORT TO CEASE

18 Dec 2013

Passengers departing from Hamilton Airport will no longer pay the $5.00 domestic departure levy as from 1 April 2014.

This change results from the completion of the airport’s pricing consultation process with its airline customers. “Passengers have long been asking for the departure levy, implemented in 2008, to be included in the airline ticket price. The removal of the levy streamlines the departure process for both passengers and airlines,” said George Clark, General Manager – Commercial. “This revenue will now be recovered from the airlines, in line with international best practice.”

The revision of the aeronautical charges announced today is the first such revision since 2007 and results in an increase in airfield charges equivalent to 37 cents per passenger. The new aeronautical charges will also, over a 15-year period, recover the cost of resealing the runway, a $4m project due to be commissioned early in 2014, with an estimated additional cost of $1.08 per passenger. Abolishing the passenger departure levy and transferring this to the airlines will be cost-neutral for passengers.

Mr Clark said “The revised charges do not provide a full recovery for the airport on aeronautical assets. However, the airport needed to carefully consider both the implication of increased costs to the airlines and the financial performance of the airport. Hamilton Airport is committed to working with airlines to improve passenger numbers on existing routes, and a number of marketing initiatives are already under way in conjunction with Air New Zealand to improve airline services for Waikato travellers.”

The revised landing charges applying from 1 April 2014 are available on the Hamilton International Airport website: www.hamiltonairport.co.nz/page/hamair_21.php.

- Ends -

For more information please contact:

George Clark, General Manager – Commercial Hamilton International Airport

P +64 7 848 9031 E
george "at" hamiltonairport.co.nz

CORPORATE HELICOPTER FACILITY AT HAMILTON

10 Dec 2013

A dedicated corporate helicopter charter facility will be constructed and operational at Hamilton Airport by the middle of next year.

Hamilton Airport has just completed negotiations to lease a portion of prime airside land to Hamilton Heliport Limited. The new facility will house Helicorp Limited, a successful corporate charter helicopter business that currently operates from the western precinct of the airfield. Construction of the purpose-built corporate aviation facility in close proximity to the airport terminal building will commence in January. It will include high quality administration offices, a corporate lounge and meeting room, and the storage of helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft.

Hamilton Airport’s General Manager – Commercial, George Clark, sees this as an exciting development for the airport, one which will attract corporate business and leisure aircraft operators to use Hamilton as a base.

Mr Clark says “The excellent design and functionality of this building is a credit to its owners, one of whom is Brent Glover, a local businessman who operates Helicorp. Following on from the recent sale of land at the airport by Titanium Park to Shaw’s Wire Ropes, this building will be a fantastic new addition to the airport precinct.”

Mr Glover says construction is due to be completed by June 2014.

“My business partner and I are very pleased to have worked with the airport company to make this new business opportunity happen. We see this facility as the initial stage of a possible two-stage project, with the airport company giving us an option on additional land should that be required,” he says.

- Ends -

For more information please contact:

George Clark, General Manager – Commercial Hamilton International Airport

P +64 7 848 9027
E george "at" hamiltonairport.co.nz   

TITANIUM PARK LAND SALE SIGNALS CONFIDENCE IN WAIKATO REGION

13 Nov 2013

The latest land transaction at Titanium Park is a strong sign of continued confidence in the local market.

Longstanding Waikato business Shaw’s Wire Ropes has signed an agreement to purchase a 1.3 hectare site within the newly opened Central Precinct, stage two of the industrial development Titanium Park. 

Shaw’s, a wire rope, rigging, lifting equipment specialist, has been supplying New Zealand’s marine, forestry and transport sectors for more than 100 years.

“Shaw’s operates nationwide so a highly effective freight network is vital to the success of our business,” says Shaw’s Managing Director Jonny Schick. “The connectivity that Titanium Park offers will help us grow into the future.”

Strategically located just 15 minutes from Hamilton, at the heart of one of New Zealand’s largest export regions, Titanium Park provides a gateway to national markets. A key advantage of the high-profile development is its accessibility and connectivity: it is flanked by State Highways 1, 3 and 21, and is adjacent to Hamilton International Airport.

The Central Precinct is at the heart of Titanium Park and features fully serviced sites with exposure to the state highway and airport terminal traffic.  With more than 5,000 vehicles per day and 300,000 travellers per year using the airport, the Central Precinct is the perfect location for a range of industrial and commercial operators.  It is uniquely positioned to offer fantastic profile and a quality business address.

There are presently more than 830 people employed at Titanium Park and Hamilton Airport; that number is tipped to exceed 1,000 in the next 12 months. 

“Shaw’s has 30 staff and is growing with a range of operations across New Zealand,” says Mr Schick. “Titanium Park presents an opportunity to support that growth, by bringing a significant proportion of our people and our operations together at one site.  We will be able to get products to our customers even quicker, and having the road and airport connections will improve logistics for our national operations.”

McConnell Property Senior Development Manager Aidan Donnelly says: “Shaw’s, with its solid reputation and long history in the region, will be a stunning addition to Titanium Park. This transaction underlines Titanium Park’s credentials as a high-quality and well-located business park.

“Interest in the Central Precinct, with its unique range of integrated, flexible and secure property options, remains strong. Designed with the end user in mind, the development is proving popular with a range of businesses, large and small.  Titanium Park offers state-of-the-art infrastructure, a pivotal location, flexible boundaries, and lower operating costs.  Not only is Titanium Park delivering an award-winning business environment, it is supporting the region’s drive to become a strong economic hub,” says Mr Donnelly.

Construction of Shaw’s new 4,000sqm warehouse and office facility is scheduled to start mid-2014 with completion expected in early 2015.

Ends

For further information please contact:

Aidan Donnelly Senior Development Manager Titanium Park

Tel: 0272 955836
Email: aidan.donnelly "at" mcconnellproperty.co.nz

PWC CENTRE AND TITANIUM PARK WIN URBAN DESIGN AWARD

29 Oct 2013

Hamilton’s PwC Centre and Titanium Park Stage 1 have been recognised at the Property Council’s ‘We Are Waikato’ awards announced on Wednesday night.

McConnell Property took out the Urban Design and Architectural Merit category awards for its outstanding contribution towards the development of the two projects. The award acknowledges project teams who have contributed to a more inspiring, innovative and wealthier Waikato.

McConnell Property Senior Development Manager Aidan Donnelly says: “The Waikato is uniquely placed to benefit from improving economic conditions and prospects for it looking forward are very favourable; Hamilton is one of New Zealand's fastest growing cities with a considerable amount of new activity coming through. We’re delighted that the PwC Centre and Titanium Park developments have been recognised by these awards as contributing to the region’s revitalisation.”

The five-storey, 5300sqm PwC Centre is the first new office building in the Hamilton CBD for several years and has transformed a site that had been vacant for 17 years.

“The PwC Centre is an important component in the revitalisation of Hamilton city centre. We're proud to be part of a development that will serve as a gateway to the heart of the city centre,” says Mr Donnelly.

Titanium Park, a major industrial business park development on the southern outskirts of Hamilton, provides a gateway to national markets. A key advantage of the high-profile development is its accessibility and connectivity: it is flanked by State Highways 1, 3 and 21, and is adjacent to Hamilton International Airport.

“Titanium Park is sited strategically at the heart of one of New Zealand’s largest export regions.  Currently we have over 830 people employed at Titanium Park and Hamilton Airport, with that number forecast to increase to over 1,000 over the coming year.  Titanium Park will continue to provide a valuable resource for existing and new businesses, and underpins the region’s strong economic progress,” says Mr Donnelly.

Now in its third year, the We Are Waikato awards event attracted more than 200 delegates.

For further information please contact:    

Aidan Donnelly Senior Development Manager McConnell Property

Tel: 0272 955836
Email: aidan.donnelly "at" mcconnellproperty.co.nz

HAMILTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT RELEASES 2012/13 ANNUAL RESULT

18 Oct 2013

Hamilton International Airport’s financial year began with Virgin Australia’s announcement that flights to Brisbane would cease in October 2012. Consequently the company’s financial results, released today, were down on last year. Operating revenue for the group was $6.521 million. This was $751,000 less than last year, with $530,000 of that decrease directly attributable to the loss of international flights. 

Earnings before interest, tax and depreciation (EBITDA) were $2.313 million, a decreased of $741,000 from last year. The Airport exceeded last year’s Total Comprehensive Income by 50% at $570,000, due to property revaluation gains. It also had a positive net cash flow from operating activities of $681,000, albeit down from last year’s result of $1.615 million which benefited from the operation of international flights. The Airport reduced its core bank debt by $200,000 during the year.

Board Chair, John Birch, said despite the challenging year the Airport’s income diversification strategy lessened the expected negative impacts. “Obviously the loss of Virgin Australia flights had an adverse effect on this year’s result. Because there has always been the risk of aeronautical revenue fluctuation, the Airport has had a long-term strategy to expand its revenue stream with diversification into the Titanium Park development and long-term leases. The income from these streams certainly lessened the impact of the lost international flights,” he said.

During the financial year, Torpedo7 completed construction of its 12,000m² warehouse on the Titanium Park Raynes Precinct and brought more than 100 employees to the new facility. Just following the end of the financial year, the first site within Stage One of the Titanium Park Central Precinct was sold. 

In January, the Airport acquired the large aircraft hangars and other buildings occupied by Hamilton Aero Maintenance Limited. “These buildings are strategically important to the Airport, as the main hangar can house a Boeing 737 or Airbus A320 aircraft. Hamilton Aero Maintenance will remain as the long-term lessee,” explained Mr Birch.

The number of domestic passenger movements during the year was 295,000, a decrease of 6.7%. This was primarily the result of less demand for flights on Wellington and Christchurch routes. The Airport’s overall aircraft movements increased by 12% - from 119,000 to 133,000 – predominantly due to increased airline pilot training at CTC Aviation Training (NZ) Limited.

Airport subsidiary, Hamilton & Waikato Tourism Limited completed its second year of operation. It worked closely with the region’s seven local authorities and local tourism operators. The subsidiary received $1.2 million of combined investment and used funds to promote the region domestically and internationally. Tourism agency staff played a vital role in the region achieving record growth in international visitor nights and expenditure.

During the financial year, Hamilton Airport presented an independent report to the Ministry of Transport. The report showed that, in the event of a catastrophic closure of Auckland International Airport, major economic benefits would ensue for New Zealand if Hamilton Airport took a primary role in a nation-wide plan to safeguard international passenger and freight movements.  “The Airport continues to be interested in working with the Government to find the ideal failover solution for New Zealand,” said Mr Birch.

Looking forward to the 2013/2014 financial year, Mr Birch said the Hamilton Airport Board is focusing on implementing its new strategic plan. “The Board and Executive developed a new strategic plan for 2013/2014 that aims to ensure the Airport grows and remains a valuable economic contributor to the region. “The strategy includes the evaluation of all possible options to regain international services. The improvement of domestic passenger numbers and services is another key priority.  Of course, we remain focused on the continued development and promotion of Titanium Park,” outlined Mr Birch.

To download the full Annual Report, click here.

-ENDS- 

Media contact:

George Clark      

General Manager – Commercial    

Hamilton International Airport      

+64 27 575 9720  

HAMILTON PREPARED TO TAKE LEAD ROLE IF CATASTROPHE CLOSES AUCKLAND AIRPORT

29 Aug 2013

Hamilton International Airport has released an independent report showing that, in the event of a catastrophic closure of Auckland International Airport, there are major economic benefits that would ensue for New Zealand if Hamilton takes a lead role to keep international flights on schedule.

Hamilton Airport chose to release the report following two recent incidents that highlighted the disruption both natural and man-made incidents can cause at the nation’s airports – those being the 30 July Auckland Airport runway closure and the 16 August Wellington earthquake.

The independent report was compiled by leading Australasian corporate finance and strategic advisory firm, Cranleigh, and was commissioned by Hamilton Airport following a briefing to the Ministry of Transport last year.

The report confirms that by taking a leading role in a nation-wide plan, and through investment in its main runway, Hamilton Airport can potentially save New Zealand millions in direct and indirect costs by being the primary airport to handle selective international flights.

Andrew Bayly, Director of Cranleigh, says, “The study looked at what would be the ideal solution for ‘New Zealand Inc’ if there were ever an event that closed Auckland International Airport.  We’re not talking about an event that closes a runway for a few hours – this is about a major event, such as an earthquake, tsunami, volcanic eruption or aircraft incident.

“The ideal failover solution for New Zealand has to possess two key features:  the airport designated by the Government as the lead airport must have infrastructure to handle a high volume of wide- body aircraft each day; and the solution must minimise economic disruption to the country.

“Our analysis shows the best solution for the country is a co-ordinated approach that involves several airports working together, with Hamilton being the primary airport for wide-body international flights,” Mr Bayly explained.

The Cranleigh report highlights a number of key benefits to the country if Hamilton Airport takes the lead role in a failover event. 

Hamilton Airport’s location is its first advantage.  It is close to key destinations, as well as the highest concentrations of New Zealand’s population, yet far enough away from Auckland to be protected from most catastrophes affecting that part of the country. Additionally, the study found that if all Auckland-bound international visitors were diverted to Hamilton, 84% could be transported to their preferred final destination within two hours.  This percentage drops to between 3-7% if other airports are designated as the lead failover airport. Also, the neighbouring Mystery Creek Events Centre is a designated civil defence emergency site with sufficient space to temporarily process high volumes of passengers and their associated baggage, customs, aviation and biosecurity requirements.

As Hamilton Airport already owns sufficient land for the extension of its runway to cater for wide-body jets, the costs to do so is minimal in comparison to the economic damage to New Zealand associated with even a short term closure of Auckland Airport.

“The Cranleigh Report estimates $53 million of economic value to the country would be at risk each day the Auckland Airport is closed if no sufficient failover plan is in place.

“As a next step, we would like to see the Government put together a risk analysis to better quantify this risk. That piece of work is well beyond the resources of a regional airport,” explained Hamilton International Airport General Manager-Commercial, George Clark.

Mr Clark said the airport is keen to take the primary role to handle selected wide body jets in an Auckland International Airport failover situation. To do so, an extension to the Hamilton runway would be required.

“Nearly two years ago, the designation and district plan change for the extension of Hamilton Airport’s runway to 3000 metres was approved, subject now to only one of three original appeals which is being worked through at present. The financial investment required to make that extension, install appropriate navigation aids and increase the aircraft apron size has been assessed at $35 million. One of the options modelled is for the Government to fund the $35 million, which would be repaid over time from aeronautical income derived from the extended runway. This is similar in concept to the successful funding model that the Government has adopted for the ultra-fast broadband rollout,” explained Mr Clark.

“Hamilton Airport is not looking to its five shareholding councils to make the investment.” Mr Clark said Hamilton Airport recently met with Ministry of Transport officials to present the Cranleigh report.  “The report is now being considered by the Ministry of Transport.  At this point, we’re interested in working with the Government to find the ideal solution for New Zealand in case such a failover event occurs.

“After reviewing Cranleigh’s research, we are confident that designating Hamilton Airport as the lead failover airport in the event of a catastrophe in Auckland, as part of a wider national plan, is the best operational and economic solution for New Zealand,” said Mr Clark.

-ENDS-

Media contact:

George Clark      

General Manager – Commercial    

Hamilton International Airport      

027 575 9720   George "at" hamiltonairport.co.nz     www.hamiltonairport.co.nz

HAMILTON AIRPORT DECLARES SOLID FINANCIAL RESULT

31 Oct 2012

Hamilton Airport has outperformed its 2012 financial and operational expectations, announcing a 240 percent increase on last year’s net profit after tax, a 25 percent increase in EBITDA and debt reduction of $400,000 during the year.

Board chair John Birch said the airport had achieved a solid result for 2011/2012 because of good planning and delivering on major projects.

“The focus this year has been on containing costs, paying off debt, improving and diversifying revenue streams and maintaining customer service levels. In many of these areas we have exceeded our statement of intent targets.”

He added it was unfortunate that the announcement from Virgin Australia advising it would cease operating its Brisbane route came post-balance date and overshadowed a very good annual result.

“Because aeronautical revenues fluctuate, the airport has had a long-term strategy to diversify its revenue streams, with developments such as Titanium Park and long-term leases. Looking ahead to the 2012/13 financial year the income from these streams will lessen the impact of the lost international flights,” said Mr Birch.

In August 2011 the airport’s joint venture property business Titanium Park sold 12 hectares of land, the entirety of the Stage One development, to internet e-commerce retailer and logistics company Torpedo7. Construction of Stage Two of Titanium Park is currently under way.

Hamilton Airport chief executive Chris Doak said the improved net profit after tax of $378,000, up by $267,000 on 2011, was primarily attributed to increases in property lease revenue, cost containment and lower interest costs from a reduction in debt.

He added that despite the Rugby World Cup negatively affecting Hamilton’s domestic flight numbers during September, October and November 2011, total passenger numbers were maintained at 354,000, only two per cent fewer than the previous year.

Overall aircraft movements increased by 16 percent from 102,000 to 119,000 due to growth in airline pilot trainee numbers at CTC Aviation Training (NZ) Limited.

Another milestone project completed during the financial year was the successful approval of runway consents, which gives the airport the option to extend its main runway to 3,000 metres. While there are no immediate plans to extend the runway, designations remain in place for 15 years, allowing extensions when a business case is made.

Hamilton & Waikato Tourism Limited completed its first year of operation, with the airport reducing staffing costs by moving marketing into the tourism agency in a shared services arrangement and combining functions within its finance and commercial divisions.

On 11 October Hamilton Airport announced that Mr Doak would be leaving the company in January 2013, after seven years in the CEO role.

Mr Doak said he was pleased the airport was now in a sustainable, profitable position and that master planning outcomes and the diversification into property were beginning to add real value to the business.

To download full 2012 Annual Report click here.  

HAMILTON AIRPORT CUSTOMERS SAVE WITH ONLINE CARPARK BOOKING

28 June 2012

Hamilton Airport today launched a new online carpark booking system, providing customers with a chance to save significantly on parking expenses.

Hamilton Airport CEO, Chris Doak, says, “The airport is constantly looking for ways to provide better service at a price point with greater choice. We are pleased to announce our new online carpark booking option gives customers the ability to book ahead and pre-pay online, ensuring their parking space is obtained at the lowest price available.”

Mr Doak said customers could save up to 50 percent on drive-up rates if they book well ahead of their travel dates.

“If booked at least two weeks ahead of travel, customers can save up to 50 percent on drive-up rates.

“For example, a customer could book online to secure a carpark close to the terminal for $50 for five days and save $45.  Or by booking a weekend, departing Friday afternoon and returning Monday morning, a customer could pay just $29 - saving up to $31,” explains Mr Doak.

The Airport plans to trial different carpark products from time to time, for example offers such as super saver rates or special weekend rates.  The amount of savings customers can make by booking their parking online will depend on product uptake and duration of travel. Booking as early as possible gives travellers the best chance to get the best prices.

“We’ll be encouraging customers to book their carparking at the same time they book their trips and holidays in order to get the best discounts.  Just as airlines provide cheaper seats to customers if they book early, Hamilton Airport is doing the same with its carparks,” says Mr Doak.

Hamilton Airport is the first regional airport in New Zealand to offer online carpark booking. The same system is currently only offered at the major metropolitan airports in Auckland and Wellington.

“We intend to trial different products from time to time and believe regional New Zealand deserves the same advantages as metropolitan travellers.  There’s no longer a need to travel to Auckland to save on carpark prices,” says Mr Doak.

Bookings can be made at: www.hamiltonairport.co.nz.

Customers enter their travel itinerary through the website to receive a quote and range of options. A credit or debit card reserves the booking on a secure site and customers receive an email confirmation of their booking details.

Upon arrival at Hamilton Airport, customers use their credit or debit card to enter and exit the carpark, negating the need to carry a ticket or go to the payment machines separately.  “It’s a very easy and seamless process,” says Mr Doak.

For more information, visit www.hamiltonairport.co.nz.

Media Contact:
Chris Doak, CEO
Hamilton International Airport
0274313616
chris.doak "at" hamiltonairport.co.nz 

AIRPORT LAND SALE SEEN AS BREAKTHROUGH FOR FUTURE DEVEOPMENT

21 Oct 2011

Hamilton International Airport has greeted news of the sale of a large block of land on the airport precinct as having the potential to be a major catalyst for growth and development in the region.

The Airport’s joint venture business park, Titanium Park (in association with McConnell Property), has sold 12 hectares of land known as the Rayne’s precinct, which had been identified as stage one of Titanium Park’s development.

The sale represents the entire stage one land area.

Internet e-commerce retailer and logistics company Torpedo7 has bought the land that it will use to base its Australasian business operation.

Hamilton International Airport CEO, Chris Doak, says the land sale is the culmination of years of strategic planning by the airport to better utilize surplus land that included the establishment of Titanium Park, and the vision of creating a freight and distribution hub.

“We believe that the land sale to Torpedo7 has the potential to create significant ongoing value for the airport because of the nature of their logistics business. Torpedo7 creates the need for a huge volume of airfreight from its on-line sales throughout New Zealand and Australia. It is obviously a strategic opportunity for Torpedo7 to be based by an airport. We are hoping it will be a catalyst for increased freight potential going forward, including attracting similar businesses to locate at Hamilton Airport,” says Mr Doak.

Waikato Regional Airport Limited Board Chairman, John Birch, says unlocking the airfreight potential for Hamilton remains a long-term goal.

“It has always been the airport’s vision to see a significant airfreight operation based at Hamilton because of its central location, proximity to road networks, a strong business environment and because Hamilton is at the heart of the largest export region in the country. Up until now we have been missing a piece of the jigsaw, which can under-pin an airfreight operation. Equine freight remains a strong possiblity. Torpedo 7’s business generates regular and high volumes of additional airfreight which could create critical mass and efficiencies to attract others businesses that could use Hamilton Airport for its airfreight,” says Mr Birch.

The key advantage of Titanium Park is its connectivity both in terms of its strategic location and access to modern fibre optic infrastructure.  Located in the heart of one of New Zealand’s largest export regions, the high-profile development is flanked by State Highways 1, 3 and 21, and is adjacent to Hamilton International Airport.  The Park is supported by high speed fibre optic connections making it easy for the likes of Torpedo7 to do business.

Founded in Hamilton in 2003, Torpedo7 is one of country’s fastest growing companies, the adventure retailer’s revenue has grown 570% in three years.

Torpedo7 plans to build a number of buildings at Titanium Park.  Stage 1 will include a 12,000sqm warehouse and 3,500 sqm office, followed by a further two over the next 3-4 years. And, in line with the company’s culture, Torpedo7 will develop a campus-style facility with a high standard of staff amenity. 

This is a significant transaction which reinforces Titanium Park’s credentials as a high quality and well located business park which has been designed with the end user in mind.  It is also a clear vote of confidence for the Waikato region as a whole, and for continued development to the south of the city. Titanium Park is creating a vibrant commercial and industrial hub for the region. It is an ideal location for major freight and logistics businesses to base themselves. They have a unique opportunity to establish a cluster with considerable economic advantage.

Waipa District Mayor Alan Livingston says the land sale is tremendous news for the future development of Hamilton Airport and the Waikato economy.

"It is very likely this development by Torpedo 7 is a catalyst for the growth of additional airport related businesses. It is exactly what we needed to happen."

Hamilton Mayor Julie Hardaker has also welcomed the land sale news. "Hamilton Airport and what happens there is a crucial part of our regional and city economy. To see the airport moving ahead like this is a significant and positive boost."

Hamilton Airport recently received positive planning outcomes and recommendations that would allow it to extend its runway out to nearly 3000 metres when viable.

A 3000 metre runway opens opportunities for larger aircraft to use Hamilton Airport for long haul flights and creates the ability for airlines to carry more passengers and larger amounts of freight to more destinations – including Asia direct.

The land being sold by Titanium Park is at the northern end of the airport on the corner of Airport Road and Raynes Road and is surplus to the aeronautical needs of Hamilton Airport.

ENDS
For more information contact:
John Birch
Airport Chairman
021 637 912

Chris Doak
CEO Hamilton Airport
027 4313616

HAMILTON AIRPORT RUNWAY APPROVED TO 3000M

12 Aug 2011

Hamilton International Airport (“HIA”) has achieved a major milestone in its history with the announcement today that the airport has secured approvals and recommendations to extend the runway to just short of 3000m.

While there is no immediate timetable, the option to extend the runway has now been approved for the next 15 years.

Independent commissioners conducted the plan change and designation hearing at Waipa District Council chambers over three days in March and May and the hearing was concluded on May 30th. The runway designation and plan change have been the culmination of a detailed master planning exercise based on long term planning out to 2030.

The approvals and recommendations allow for an extended runway, taxiways, extended apron, associated air noise boundaries changes, and also includes land designations at both ends of the runway for the protection of runway lights and navigation aids to allow the implementation of instrument landing system high intensity lighting - in support of long haul wide body services.

In time, Hamilton airport’s vision is to become a low cost secondary airport gateway into New Zealand. Chief Executive Chris Doak says Hamilton Airport’s competitive advantage now is that it has the ability to extend the runway for long haul international connection for the central North Island. He says this allows Hamilton to become a low cost secondary airport gateway in and out of New Zealand in the future.

“There are clear parallels to the secondary airport models developed in other parts of the world including Gold Coast, Avalon, and Stansted airport in the UK”, says Mr Doak.

“Gold Coast’s approach to the Queensland market is particularly relevant given they have established a business case for secondary connection directly with Asia, even given their proximity to Brisbane airport just one hour up the road. It is clear that airlines require different airport sizes and locations to meet their needs. We believe Hamilton will be able to offer an airport that is very attractive to many international carriers in the future with an extended runway”, says Mr Doak.

“These are long term goals and this is not going to happen tomorrow. There is still significant activity required to complete the business case and capital funding models. Approvals will allow the airport to begin to identify suitable partners to help make this project successful. It represents a major milestone in the airport’s history of development”, he says.

Mr Doak says the next step for the airport is to examine and review all the conditions around the approvals and recommendations from the independent commissioners.

Airport Chairman John Birch says the approvals and recommendations by the independent commissioners are extremely positive news for the airport.

“We certainly hoped these decisions and recommendations would come out as they have. We are particularly pleased to have a 15 year approval window. With this part of the consultation and planning process completed the airport can now plan for the future with some certainty,” he says.

Mr Birch says the airport now has the option to extend the runway when the time is right.

“We think there is enormous value to the region in securing the ability to extend the runway at the appropriate time. Ultimately the timing of any extension will be driven by commercial fundamentals and the robustness of the business case,” he says.

ENDS

For the Q&A document regarding the runway extension please click here.

For more information contact:

John Birch
Airport Chairman
021 637 912

Chris Doak
Airport CEO
027 4313616.

STATE-OF-THE-ART AIRCRAFT PAINT FACILITY TO BE BUILT IN HAMILTON, NZ

8 April 2011

Acting Minister for Economic Development, the Hon David Carter, turned the first sod today in a ceremony marking the start of construction of a state-of-the-art aircraft paint facility to be built in Hamilton, New Zealand.

The Minister said New Zealand, and particularly the Waikato region, is fast developing a reputation for excellence in the areas of air training and aviation servicing.

“This plant will certainly boost that reputation and I applaud the Aviation Industry Cluster’s initiative in developing what looks to be one of the best facilities of its type in the world.” 

Construction of the $2 million, 1300 square foot paint facility will begin next week and will be open for business by August 2011.  The state-of-the-art plant integrates the world’s latest spray-painting technologies and will be capable of potentially painting an aircraft 65% faster than any current facility operating in Australasia.

The plant will be located adjacent to the runway at Hamilton International Airport, alongside CTC Aviation Training (NZ) Limited’s airline pilot crew training centre.

Aviation Industry Cluster Chairman, John Jones, says the facility is not only unique for New Zealand but is thought to be a world-first.
 
“As far as we are aware, this facility will be the first of its type in the Southern Hemisphere and may even be a world-first.  Construction of this plant is the result of two years of research, gathering the very latest paint stripping, electrostatic paint application and bake curing techniques.  And, we’re combining them all under one roof. 

“This is not only a coup for the New Zealand aviation industry, this is a facility that will be an asset for the broader Australasian aviation industry as well,” explains Mr Jones. “There are numerous spillover benefits to the region and New Zealand.” 

The paint facility will be built in two stages. The first stage will be completed by August 2011 and will accommodate helicopters through to ATR, Q300 aircraft.  The Cluster also expects high demand for re-painting by owners of the 4000-plus light aircraft currently operating in New Zealand.

The Cluster plans to construct the second stage of the facility in approximately three years time, which will be capable of painting passenger aircraft as large as a Boeing 737 and military sized aircraft like the C130 Hercules.

“We estimate stage two of the paint facility will be built in 2014, however this construction timeline could be accelerated if industry demand is high,” said Mr Jones.

Following construction of the first stage of the plant, the facility will employ approximately 10-12 full-time employees. 

John Jones says the facility should provide a boost to the local economy. “Not only will the new paint facility provide around a dozen new jobs in the first stage, the Aviation Industry Cluster also believes the new facility will make New Zealand more attractive and less costly to new aircraft manufacturing companies seeking to establish or expand in the Australasian region.  Having access to a high-end, specialist aviation painting service will be a huge benefit to these types of companies.

“It is hoped that aircraft maintenance work will be required, and that the facility may attract new aircraft assembly plants to the region, creating more jobs and a stronger industry.  The facility will be available to all New Zealand aircraft owners and operators, and to local manufacturers,” explains Aviation Industry Cluster General Manager, Shaun Mitchell.

Hamilton International Airport chief executive Chris Doak says, “The paint facility is an excellent tenant to have located at the airport.  Leasing land to the paint facility is consistent with the airport's desire to facilitate economic growth around the airport especially when it is related to the aeronautical business.
“We already have a strong cluster of aviation related companies located here and we are confident the paint facility will attract further aviation-related businesses to choose our international airport as their New Zealand base.”

Hamilton’s aircraft paint facility is a joint venture project between Waikato-based private investor, IGS Group, and the Aviation Industry Cluster.  The Aviation Industry Cluster will be investing Major Regional Initiative (MRI) funds into the project, granted to the organisation by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.

-ENDS-

Media Contacts:

Shaun Mitchell, General Manager   
Aviation Industry Cluster    
021 308 333      
Shaun.mitchell "at" xtra.co.nz

Back...