New Mavis café to open at airport
Geoff Taylor, Waikato Business News
Mavis & Co is to open a new café at Hamilton Regional Airport as the airport positions itself as a destination in its own right.
Mavis’ third café is expected to provide an improved passenger experience as well as a significant increase in visitor numbers which airport management is hoping will make the airport an appealing commercial proposition for potential tenants.
Mavis will take over from the existing café and operate a pop up café in the terminal building from August 15 while refurbishments take place.
The new café to be named Mavis Lounge is expected to be fully operational by October 1.
With a fully equipped kitchen on site, Mavis has plans to offer a catering service and sectioned off meeting spaces providing a great option for business meetings. The cafe will also hold a liquor licence. The airport already has private meeting rooms and conference facilities available for hire.
Café patrons will have two hours’ free parking and management is hoping to see more Waikato people including parents with young children visiting the airport to watch planes and enjoy the café’s coffee and food.
New airport marketing manger Rebecca Corbett says there are also more than 800 people who work in or around the airport precinct including at CTC Aviation and Pacific Aerospace.
“We are excited to be creating an interesting new space at the airport and have plans for private meeting areas as well as social spaces for people who want to come and watch the planes while enjoying a coffee and a bite to eat.”
While general aviation trends around the country show a decline in activity, Hamilton’s airport enjoys the second highest number of aircraft movements in the country behind Auckland airport.
The airport has had a six percent year on year increase in aircraft movements. Central to that growth is the impact of the largest flight school in the southern hemisphere, CTC Aviation which trains hundreds of pilots a year.
Meanwhile, the airport has had a five percent growth in commercial passengers numbers in the year to June 30. This has been driven principally by 10 percent growth in passenger numbers between Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch.