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It’s 50 years today since Bell Block’s New Plymouth Airport opened!

It’s 50 years today since the New Plymouth Airport opened! It’s official opening was held on the 3rd and 4th of March 1967.

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Jetstar breaks promise of 27 Return Flights a Week from New Plymouth.

When Jetstar launched its service on the 1st February 2016 it originally promised 27 return flights from New Plymouth each week, however it was currently only offering 20. A spokesman said the company had made adjustments to its schedule timings midway through February and had postponed adding a fourth flight per day – which would take the weekly return flight total to 27 – until later in the 2016.

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106 Extra CarParks to be Built at Bell Block’s New Plymouth Airport

An influx of passengers at the Bell Block based New Plymouth airport has seen a proposed carpark extension brought forward. Since Jetstar started flying from New Plymouth to Auckland, on February 1 2016, the airport’s carpark has been overflowing. Costing roughly $187,000 construction of the new carpark was originally planned for this coming summer but has now been moved forward to the middle of 2016. The project will see the existing 324 space carpark upgraded to 430 spaces and is expected to serve the fast growing airport’s needs for another five years.

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Americarna Cars pour into Bell Block’s New Plymouth Airport

Thursday 25th February 2016 saw the Americana 2016 cruise through Bell Block. We caught up with some of the cars as they turned into Airport Drive and headed on down to the Bell Block based Airport.

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American Flag flown upside Down by mistake in Bell Block

Thursday 25th February 2016 saw the Americana 2016 cruise through Bell Block. We caught up with some members of the public who didn’t realize they were flying the American Flag upside down. This group found a spot on State Highway and enjoyed the afternoon’s event’s.

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Crowd in Bell Block rate the 2016 Americarna Cars out of 10

Thursday 25th February 2016 saw the Americana 2016 cruise through Bell Block. We caught up with some members of the public who were scoring the cars out of 10 when the went past. This group found a nice shaded spot on State Highway 3 to set up and enjoy the afternoon’s event’s.

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Most Americarna Cars delight young and old in Bell Block

On Thursday 25th February 2016 Hundreds of people both young and old witnessed the 2016 Americarna cars roll through Bell Block and out to the Bell Block based New Plymouth Airport.Between 1pm – 2pm hundreds of the cars came down Henwood Road, over the Bell Block Bypass and down the off ramp onto State Highway 3.
Apart from some cars waving the hate flag called the Confederate Flag which promotes Black Slavery, the event went very smoothly. The Police had their work cut out trying to keep the traffic moving smoothly.

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A sad day when Americarna 2016 Car’s wave the Ku Klux Klan Southern Cross Hate Flag in Bell Block.

On Thursday 25th February 2016 a number of cars driving through Bell Block as part of the 2016 Americarna choose to fly The Confederate battle flag, called the “Southern Cross” or the cross of St. Andrew, has been described variously as a proud emblem of Southern heritage and as a shameful reminder of slavery and segregation. In the past, several Southern states flew the Confederate battle flag along with the U.S. and state flags over their statehouses. Others incorporated the controversial symbol into the design of their state flags. The Confederate battle flag has also been appropriated by the Ku Klux Klan and other racist hate groups. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, more than 500 extremist groups use the Southern Cross as one of their symbols.

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Americarna 2016 passes through Bell Block

Thursday 25th February 2016 sees Americarna 2016 pass through Bell Block. At around 1pm-1.15pm all hell will break loose on the Bell Block Overpass as around 500 Americarna cars will come down Henwood Drive, and over the overbridge and then turn right onto the off ramp and down onto State Highway 3. They then turn left at Airport Drive, Bell Block and park up at the Bell Block airport.It’s been a few years but they are heading back to the hanger to check out some of the local aircraft and they will be treated to a formation fly over by classic fighter planes! At 3pm they depart the Airport and drive through Waitara and then onto Inglewood.

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Bell Block’s New Plymouth Airport is Now Open

Clear blue sky’s and heavy winds have greeted people at Bell Block’s New Plymouth Airport today Monday 4th January 2016. There were some delays early this morning around NZ due to planes not being at the right Airports due to the wild weather or fog experienced on Sunday. This morning when we visited, the Airport was packed, so give yourself an extra 30 minutes before your flight departs..Tuesday is the next day you can book a flight out of New Plymouth so there is no doubt that many people will be late getting back to work, or have missed their connecting overseas flights. Travel Safe out there on the roads and in the air.

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Bell Block’s New Plymouth Airport is Closed

For most of Sunday the 3rd January 2016 Bell Block’s New Plymouth Airport has been closed due to Fog. All flight’s are booked out on Monday 4th January 2016, leaving Tuesday the next day you can book a flight out of New Plymouth. There is no doubt many people will be late getting back to work, or have missed their connecting overseas flights. Travel Safe out there on the roads and in the air.

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25 years ago – 10,000 people visit Bell Block’s Airport in one day

Airborne Spectacular NZ 1990 Air Show took place at the Bell Block based New Plymouth Airport,and will be remembered as the 50th Anniversary formation of British Airborne Forces from United Kingdom and a celebration of New Zealand’s 150th Anniversary.On the day a crowd of over 10,000 were treated to aerial activities that included Warbirds aircraft Mustang and DC Dakota used as a parachute jump aeroplane. One of the mass parachute jumps was to capture a scene similar to the ‘D’ Day Landings during WWII. RNZAF Andover and Hercules aircraft, helicopter and civilian aero-clubs were participants. The military parachutists came from New Zealand, Australia, United Kingdom, USA, France, Poland. Also, taking part were civilian parachutist from throughout New Zealand Clubs. This event had all kinds of activities from brass bands, pipe bands, static activities to marching girls with many clubs and groups from local community taking part. The Air Show was opened by John Proffitt, Air Show Director and David Lean, Mayor of New Plymouth with a special blessing of the airfield from Te Aroa Taranaki.

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All Black’s Player’s at Bell Block Airport

Thanks to Jake McLean’s winning entry to host three All Blacks in Taranaki as part of their national tour, we all get to see ‘our’ All Blacks at our Bell Block based, New Plymouth airport between 9.20 and 9.45am Thursday 3rd September 2015 and between 12.45pm and 1.45pm at either Ngamotu Beach or Sacred Heart Girls College (depending on the weather). Read more about the promotion here. http://www.allblacks.com/ABs2N#/boards/

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Jetstar picks New Plymouth – Cheaper Flights are on their way

On Monday 31st August 2015 it has been announced by Jetstar that Nelson, Napier, Palmerston North and Bell Block’s New Plymouth Airport are Jetstar’s four new regional routes. The low-cost airline chose the destinations from a longlist of Hamilton, Rotorua, Tauranga, New Plymouth, Napier, Palmerston North, Nelson and Invercargill.All routes will fly between the regions and Auckland, with the Nelson flights also going to Wellington. All rates were now on sale.Fares would start between $45 and $49. Well Done Jetstar.

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Jetstar picks New Plymouth – Cheaper Flights are on their way

On Monday 31st August 2015 it has been announced by Jetstar that Nelson, Napier, Palmerston North and Bell Block’s New Plymouth Airport are Jetstar’s four new regional routes. The low-cost airline chose the destinations from a longlist of Hamilton, Rotorua, Tauranga, New Plymouth, Napier, Palmerston North, Nelson and Invercargill.All routes will fly between the regions and Auckland, with the Nelson flights also going to Wellington. All rates were now on sale.Fares would start between $45 and $49. Well Done Jetstar.

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Flights are made cheaper from Bell Block’s New Plymouth Airport

Bell Block resident’s are happy to learn that Air New Zealand is dropping the price of airfares fares in and out of Bell Block’s New Plymouth Airport. Earlier in August 2015, Air NZ introduced lower fares for flights to and from New Plymouth. For example, the cheapest fare from Auckland to New Plymouth has been reduced from $79 to $59. Nice one Air NZ

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Bell Block Airport – The way it looked in 1936

“Scene at the North Island Air Pageant, Bell Block Airport, New Plymouth, 21 March, 1936, showing the southern end of the airport, some of the aeroplanes which took part and a group of parked cars. Photograph taken by E Crago.” Ref: PAColl-5482-057. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/23043052

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Bell Block Airport – The way it looked in 1936

“Scene at the North Island Air Pageant, Bell Block Airport, New Plymouth, 21 March, 1936, showing the southern end of the airport, some of the aeroplanes which took part and a group of parked cars. Photograph taken by E Crago.” Ref: PAColl-5482-057. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/23043052

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Jetstar Meets Our Mayor to Discuss Future Plans.

The future of flight services out of Bell Block’s New Plymouth Airport was discussed between Jetstar and the New Plymouth District Council this week. Bell Block’s Mayor Andrew Judd says the discussion was positive, with the company learning more about the growth of Taranaki’s economy and the coming redevelopment of the New Plymouth Airport’s terminal. “We’ve made it clear that we welcome and support new business in the New Plymouth District, and that the addition of a new airline would bring enormous benefits to people in the region,” says the Mayor. “New Plymouth District, with its relative isolation and growing economy, is a desirable route for airlines. We’re keen to accommodate Jetstar at New Plymouth Airport and we need to consider what is physically possible at the airport and by what date.”
The Bell Block airport terminal is being extended to accommodate the large numbers of passengers and the parking apron will also be enlarged to accommodate more aircraft. Construction is scheduled to begin by the end of 2015 and be completed in 2017.

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Jetstar to use Bell Block Airport?

Jetstar has announced plans to start flying to regional destinations in New Zealand including our Bell Block based New Plymouth airport from later this year. The airline, which is owned by Qantas, made the announcement on Thursday 18th June 2015. The move could be a winner for Bell Block and Taranaki travellers, as competition heats up. Jetstar said the move would bring “much-needed” competition and more affordable fares to those outside the country’s main centres.
A fleet of five 50-seat Bombardier Q300 turbo-prop aircraft will fly to at least four regional destinations initially.Other cities also under consideration include Hamilton, Rotorua, Napier, Palmerston North, Nelson and Invercargill. Jetstar has also launched a social media campaign asking customers which regions they most want serviced. Regional fares will go on sale in September 2015 with the first flights taking off in early December 2015.

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