Operational info


Hamilton Airport is operated and managed by Waikato Regional Airport Ltd. The airport supports a number of regular public transport (RPT) services and a variety of general aviation (GA) activities. In the past ten years over three million passengers have flown domestically and the airport has grown to be New Zealand’s second busiest by volume of aircraft movements.

Facts and figures

Airport hours - 24 hours a day, seven days a week operation - no curfews
Traffic control - Services provided by Airways Corporation of New Zealand
Apron - The main apron is capable of accommodating up to five A320/737-800 size aircraft, or limited numbers of 757/767/A310 aircraft by prior arrangement with airport operations.
Area of airport - 334 hectares (includes leased grazing land)
IATA certification - Identified as HLZ
Location - 13km south of Hamilton City, car travel is 15-20 minutes
Passengers - Servicing 370,000 passengers per year (as at 2019)
Sealed runways - 18L/36R 2,195m and 18R/36L 630m
Grass runways - 25/07 620m
Runway strength - The main runway has a strength (load classification number) of PCN45.

Rescue Fire & Safety team

Hamilton Airport has a team of eight Rescue Fire and Safety Officers based on-site at the Rescue Fire Station. Rescue Fire and Safety Officers are an integral part of the airport company. They look after airport emergency response, which includes firefighting (aircraft and structural), medical response and the safety and security of the airport environs and the terminal buildings.

Rescue Fire & Safety Officers are available to assist the public 24 hours a day. They regularly patrol the terminal building, grounds, car park and air-side perimeter fences and also monitor apron safety. The officers play a key role assisting airlines and border agencies with both domestic and international flights. The rescue fire team is fully qualified in fire rescue, emergency response and first aid. They also conduct regular fire safety and maintenance inspections and provide training for airport tenants in fire evacuation and emergency response.

The airport has three rescue vehicles and one incident control vehicle which are backed up in an emergency by Hamilton Fire Service. The firefighting appliances hold multi-media agents - AFFF foam, dry powder and water for firefighting. Hydraulic cutting equipment is on standby and there are also two large water supply tanks on site for firefighting.

Rescue Fire & Safety Officers can assist with general enquiries outside office hours. They can be located by enquiring at any of the terminal counters or by telephoning +64 274 961 750 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).

General aviation landing charges

All prices below exclude GST and any additional charges that may be levied by Airways Corporation of New Zealand for provision of Air Traffic Control services

Landing charges (from January 2019)

Weight (kg) bands Fixed        
Per landing
Per tonne
< 1,000$16.40
1,000 - 3,000$4.60$11.80
3,000 -30,000$4.60$13.00
30,000 - 70,000$4.60$14.50


  • MCTOW is the aircraft maximum certified take-off weight. 
  • Aircraft under 1 tonne pay a flat landing charge of $16.40 per landing (or for the first landing in a continuous series)
  • Aircraft between 1 and 3 tonne will be charged a $4.60 fixed component plus a variable $11.80 per MCTOW tonne component. Therefore if an aircraft has a MCTOW of 1,560kg the aircraft will be billed $4.60 + 1.560 x $11.80 = $23.00

Airline (regular passenger transport) operations

From 1 July 2019 Hamilton Airport changed the method of charging for use of the aeronautical and terminal facilities. All charges are now levied on arriving and departing passengers, but no charge is levied based on the MCTOW of the aircraft. The following charges (per passenger) are levied:

Base aeronautical charge   $6.28
Terminal charge$2.87
Runway reseal charge       $0.96
Rescue Fire Service development charge$0.24

Aeronautical Conditions of Use

The Aeronautical Conditions of Use document sets out the terms and conditions under which you may use Hamilton Airport and the facilities and services at Hamilton Airport. By using Hamilton Airport or the facilities and services you agree to be bound by these Conditions of Use.  A copy of the Conditions of Use can be downloaded below.

Operational Change Notice

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.

Note that this restriction applies only to circuit training – aircraft may operate into/out of the airport after 10:00pm, 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 by clicking here.


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