A cull is under way to lower the risk of “bird strike” at Bell Block based New Plymouth airport. Airport manager Kevin Hill said the programme was being carried out because the facility had been assessed as a medium risk of bird strike and Civil Aviation Authority had told them to lower that risk. There were 6.8 bird strikes per 10,000 aircraft movements at the airport in the second quarter of this year. But Mr Hill said airports and birds simply don’t mix. “We certainly don’t want a plane going into a flock of sparrows and bringing the plane down with 50 people on board.” “I like a nice green airport, so we have lots of trees, and trees attract birds. Do you get rid of all the trees and have a big concrete jungle just to reduce the birds? Or do you try and have a combination of both?”
New Plymouth Airport
Bell Block’s super popular Airspresso Airport Cafe has now Extended it’s opening Hours and will now be open for a full cooked breakfast from 5.30am Monday to Saturday and from 6am Sunday’s. Based at the New Plymouth Airport in Bell Block, this cafe has won a number of awards and is set to expand even more once the Airport extension gets under way in the coming years.
Flights are slowly getting back to normal in and out of the New Plymouth Airport. They are currently running 30 – 60 minutes behind. Below shows you what has or is happening.
Arriving to New Plymouth from Auckland:
|Flight||Scheduled time||Arriving from||Status||Arrival time|
|NZ8803||12:00||Auckland||Arriving at 12:30|
Departed from New Plymouth to Auckland:
|Flight||Scheduled time||Departing to||Status||Departure time|
|NZ8806||12:20||Auckland||Departing at 12:45|
A small fuel spill under a Jetstar plane at Auckland Airport has caused further hold-ups for travellers this morning. The spill, from Jetstar flight 253 bound for Christchurch at 7.30am, had meant other planes had been delayed in getting to gates. An airport spokesman said airways staff had asked for a “local standby” after the fuel spill which meant emergency services were on standby to respond if needed. He said it was unlikely the spill would cause major delays. This comes after more than 14 regional flights were cancelled, and others delayed, because of heavy fog in Auckland. International flights and those to main centres were not affected. So far this morning in New Plymouth the 7.35am flight arriving from Auckland has been cancelled as well as the 7.55 departing flight to Auckland.
An Air New Zealand flight from Blenheim to Auckland was diverted to Bell Block’s New Plymouth airport around 7.30pm Sunday 4th August 2013 after the captain became unwell during the flight. The 14 passengers were transferred to another aircraft and continued on to Auckland, arriving at around 9pm. Air New Zealand so far did not comment on the status of the captain.
This morning, Tuesday 30th July 2013, saw all Flights arriving from Auckland and departing from Auckland, face 2-3 hour delays as heavy fog enclosed Auckland Airport. With the departure flights now back on track, below are the next 3 flight’s arriving from Auckland, each flight showing at least on hour or more delay from the Scheduled time.
|NZ5232||08:40||New Plymouth||Arriving at 10:14|
|NZ8942||10:50||New Plymouth||Arriving at 11:50|
|NZ5234||11:00||New Plymouth||Arriving at 12:30|
The first flight due to depart Bell Block’s New Plymouth Airport has just departed, some 6 hours late. This was due to very heavy fog closing down Auckland Airport. The first flight due to arrive from Auckland today is now due to arrive at 1.30pm. It going to be a big afternoon playing catch up with all the flights.
At around 2.30pm today, Sunday 14th July 2013. massive Winds of up to 50 knots forced the closure of Bell Block’s New Plymouth airport. The airport tower duty controller said the “super strong cross winds” were making it impossible for planes to land or take off. “It’s not a good place to be right now.” He said he did not know when the airport would reopen. “There’s nothing coming in or out apart from leaves and bits of grass. A flight from Paraparaumu and two from Wellington which were due to land in New Plymouth have been cancelled, along with one flight leaving New Plymouth for Auckland and two heading to Wellington.
Police were last night, Thursday 11th July 2013 hunting for the culprits who are believed to have shone a laser at a plane heading into Bell Block’s New Plymouth Airport. The control tower alerted police about 7.45pm. Police said it appeared the green laser had been shone from the eastern side of the Waitara rivermouth. It was the third time in six months a plane heading for the Bell Block airport had reported being targeted by a laser.
A few more shops, a bigger cafe and a conference room might save Bell Block based New Plymouth airport users from a departure tax to fund the terminal’s expansion. The New Plymouth District Council has committed to extending the 49-year-old terminal and is currently seeking a lead consultant for the multimillion-dollar project. Built to cope with 60,000 passengers a year, more than 300,000 now pass through the facility annually. Owned 50/50 by the council and the crown, councillors last year decided to forge ahead with a statement of intent to extend the terminal. Construction is planned for 2014-15.
Bell Block residents will again be able to enjoy Americarna after a year away. It is a very popular carnival that celebrates Classic American Cars. They will visit Bell Block when they visit New Plymouth Airport, where a private aircraft demonstration exclusive to Americarna entrants has been arranged. Four lucky Americarna participants will be take flight in a Yak52 over New Plymouth.
Where you can see them!
Wednesday: Cars will be in Waitara from 12.30pm while reggae band Soulovus play in McLean St. About 3.30pm, the convoy will move off to spend the afternoon in Inglewood.
Thursday: The Opunake Beach cruise leaves from the racecourse at 10am travelling down Surf Highway 45. Mark Williams and Glen Shorrock concert at TSB Stadium at 6.30pm.
Friday: Americarna heads to Stratford then Hawera and the TSB Hub for Gymcarna before returning to New Plymouth via Mangorei Rd for the Friday Night Cruise around the city centre.
Saturday: Country Fair Day at Pukekura Raceway, 10am-4pm.