Te Papa Waka Rererangi o Whakat?
Nelson Airport, 1977
|Operator||Nelson Airport Limited|
|Location||Nelson, New Zealand|
|Elevation AMSL||17 ft / 5 m|
Nelson Airport (M?ori: Te Papa Waka Rererangi o Whakat?), (IATA: NSN, ICAO: NZNS) is located 6 km southwest of the city, in the suburb of Annesbrook, in Nelson, New Zealand. Approximately 1.2 million passengers and visitors use the airport terminal annually. Total passenger numbers for the 2016 financial year were 865,203. In 2017 the airport reached 1,000,373 passengers
It is currently the fifth-busiest airport in New Zealand by passengers and seventh by aircraft movements, as well as being the busiest New Zealand airport without scheduled international service. The airport has an Air New Zealand Koru Lounge.
Construction of Nelson Airport commenced in 1937. In 2006, the airport received restricted international airport status and it has handled international private jets since then. The airport averages 60 commercial flights per day. The Airport precinct is home to 35 aeronautical and support businesses.
Nelson airport is the home base of Air Nelson operating under the Air NZ Link banner, which operates a fleet of 23 Bombardier Dash 8 Q300s on national air routes. Air New Zealand, Air Nelson's parent airline, recently expanded its Nelson base, investing 30 million dollars to develop the engineering and technical workshops. Air New Zealand then announced the Air Nelson maintenance facility would also handle fellow subsidiary Mount Cook Airline's fleet of ATR 72-500/600 aircraft.
The airport has a single terminal building with 9 tarmac gates. A further 7 remote gates are located adjacent to the terminal.
In 2014, Nelson City Council deemed the main terminal of Nelson Airport an earthquake risk and at fault of possible liquefaction. The airport has been granted 10 years to upgrade the terminal to meet current building standards. The Nelson Airport management on 8 September 2015 have decided to rebuild the terminal instead of renovating the existing complex as this will best meet the growth needs in the future. It was also announced that due to increased airline activity strong passenger growth could be expected over the next two years. It is estimated that by the end of 2017 there could be more than 1 million passengers per annum and over 300 flights per week at the airport. 
On December 6, 2017, the airport inaugurated 270 new parking spaces and new exit barrier arms (the latter located near Air New Zealand's hangar on Trent drive) in order to help with traffic flow during the development and expansion phase mentioned above.
|Air New Zealand Link||Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington|
|Golden Bay Air||Karamea, Takaka|
|Jetstar Airways||Auckland, Wellington (both end 30 November 2019)|
|Originair||Napier,New Plymouth,Palmerston North|
|Sounds Air||Kapiti Coast,Wellington|
Air New Zealand operate up to 14 daily flights to Auckland, up to 12 daily flights to Wellington and up to 9 daily flights to Christchurch.
Jetstar operate up to 4 daily flights to Auckland and up to 3 daily flights to Wellington. On 25 September 2019, Jetstar announced a proposal to end all regional Q300 flights within New Zealand.