Hamilton Airport

Your business will benefit from the strategic location, business opportunities within the Park and access to the thriving aviation cluster growing around the airport.

hamilton airport

Airport Upgrades

Hamilton Airport is the gateway to the central North Island, and New Zealand’s second busiest commercial airport with regard to plane movements.

With a catchment of around 470,000 people Hamilton Airport boasts the fourth longest commercial runway in the country. 

The airport itself is surrounded by a vibrant aviation community which includes pilot training organisations, helicopter operators, aircraft manufacturers and aviation maintenance businesses.

There are also various commercial opportunities at and around the airport including Titanium Park – the 75 hectare mixed use industrial and commercial business, as well as airport property leases and advertising opportunities.

Hamilton Airport is owned by five local councils including Hamilton City, Waikato District, Matamata-Piako District, Waipa District and Otorohanga District.

Airport Facts:

  • 2195m sealed runway plus 650m and 750m grass runways.
  • 45m runway width.
  • The main apron is capable of accommodating up to five A320 / 737 / 800 size aircraft or limited numbers of 757 / 767 / A300 aircraft by prior arrangement with Airport Operations
  • 24/7 operational hours, NO curfews
  • 146,000 annual aircraft movements. 382,000 annual passengers (2019)



Key Areas:

  1. Enhancing light aircraft manufacturing capacity to increase output and efficiency.

  2. Ensuring availability and appropriate skills in the industry’s workforce, both in the short term and long term; this focus applies to both manufacturing and training cluster members.

  3. Protecting and increasing market access for cluster businesses.

  4. Developing infrastructure requirements for the cluster.




Waikato Aviation Cluster

With a $2 million grant from New Zealand Trade and Enterprise confirmed in 2007, Katolyst formed the Waikato Aviation Cluster and is assisting the Waikato aviation industry to become the Australasian centre for light aircraft manufacturing and pilot training.

The Waikato region’s cluster of aviation and aircraft manufacturers have now produced over 600 aircraft during the last thirty years, more than any other aircraft manufacturing centre in Australasia.

The region has also become a national centre for pilot training. In 2004, the Waikato Aviation Cluster was instrumental in bringing CTC Aviation Training to Hamilton. CTC Aviation predicts it will inject $95 million into the local economy over the next 10 years.