Hamilton Airport

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

hamilton airport

Airport Upgrades

Hamilton Airport is New Zealand’s second busiest commercial airport for plane movements.

In late 2007 the airport completed a $15.5m terminal upgrade, this resulted in a positive response from travellers across every measure of the internationally benchmarked Airport Service Quality survey.

The project also received a merit award at the 2008 Property Council New Zealand Awards for its design and development, along with a Waikato Bay of Plenty New Zealand Institute of Architects Award and the 2008 Beca Airports Project of the Year Award.

The upgraded terminal features more check- in counters, internal baggage carousels and a wider range of food and beverage operations. The carpark was also sealed as part of the upgrade.

Hamilton Airport, Hamilton City Council and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise are commissioning a study into the local and regional economic benefit of further upgrades to the airport, including a runway extension and new international and domestic routes.

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
  • 124,000 annual aircraft movements. 317,000 annual passengers



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.