Posts Tagged With: New Plymouth Airport

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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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 Flights cancelled from and into Bell Block Airport

All flights in and out of Bell Block’s New Plymouth airport were cancelled from 3pm Sunday afternoon 20th September 2015 onwards due to very high winds. Just under 10 Flights from/to Christchurch,Auckland and Wellington were affected.
With Planes not being were they should be for Monday Morning Flights there are expected delays till at least 12 noon on Monday 21st September 2015.

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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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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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Bell Block Airport Concrete Apron Extension

The first stage of improvements to aircraft parking at Bell Block’s New Plymouth Airport started on the 18th May 2015. Outside Taranaki Contractors “Fulton Hogan” are being used!!!!! The month long project will extend a concrete apron on the airside of the terminal by 1,115m2, and will provide much-needed parking for air ambulances. Further extensions are planned by the middle of 2016.

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NZ Army land at Bell Block…..Airport

A C-130 Hercules landed at Bell Block’s, New Plymouth Airport on Monday 3rd November 2014 to deploy troops to ‘hunt insurgents’ in Whangamomona. The 140 soldiers who piled out of the rear of the aircraft are part of a large-scale military exercise, Kiwi Koru, that will invade Taranaki for the next month.The scenario involves soldiers aiming to restore peace between two fictitious nations, requiring them to secure civilian centres before heading along the Forgotten World Highway to track down insurgents. Yesterday, soldiers secured the area, as if having arrived in a foreign country, and crouched with rifles at the ready as curious members of the public peered through the airport fence. The Royal New Zealand Air Force will work alongside the New Zealand Army and the United States Marine Corps during the exercise, with helicopters and the Hercules involved in troop and supply movements.

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Fog closes Bell Block Airport

Bell Block’s New Plymouth Airport has reopened after thick fog caused its closure this morning, thursday 26th June 2014. Airport manager Kevin Hill said early morning flights on the way to New Plymouth had been turned around and departures had been cancelled. Many passengers had chosen to drive to Auckland and Wellington, instead of waiting for the fog to lift, with other passengers being transferred to later flights.

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Chaos hit’s Bell Block Airport as light’s go out

Last night, Wednesday 25th June 2014 three flights could not land because the taxiway lights and the apron lights had malfunctioned at Bell Block’s New Plymouth Airport. Although the lights were fixed by about 10.30pm, the Auckland and Christchurch flights were cancelled, and the Wellington flight landed in Wanganui, with passengers being bused to New Plymouth. Airport manager Kevin Hill said that because the final three flights did not arrive last night the airport had no planes ready for early-morning departures today, Thursday 26th June 2014.

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Mental State of Man Knocking on Moving Airplane Window Unknown!!

Bell Block Police are ”speaking to” a man who ran on to the tarmac at Bell Block’s New Plymouth Airport and knocked on a running aircraft’s window on Sunday 22nd June 2014. The man then fled the airport in a vehicle, before police found him. The incident occurred around 3pm and Bell Block’s, New Plymouth Airport manager Kevin Hill said he would investigate the incident today, Monday 23rd June 2014.

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New Welcome to New Plymouth sign is erected in Bell Block

14-year-old Caleb Bond watched with pride as his winning artwork was transformed into a colourful welcome to New Plymouth billboard erected near Bell Block’s New Plymouth Airport turnoff yesterday. The billboard was part of the Sign Up for New Plymouth competition run by the New Plymouth District Council in 2013 in a bid to make the district welcome signs more vibrant and attractive. At the bottom of both signs are the words “Arrive as a guest – leave as a whanau,” brainchild of 11-year-old Matthew Jones, of Central School. The competition attracted 112 pieces of artwork from schools around the district. A second billboard was put up on Burgess Hill, displaying the artwork of a number of children from Pukekura Kindergarten.

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Record Passenger Numbers at Bell Block’s, New Plymouth Airport

The Bell Block based New Plymouth Airport keeps getting busier, with 2013 a record year for passenger numbers. The number of people flying in and out of New Plymouth Airport rose seven per cent between 2012 and 2013, increasing from 310,943 to 332,178 passengers.

And 2014 has got off to a record start with January’s 24,706 passengers up 20 per cent on last January’s 20,549. Starting on Wednesday (12 February 2014) the number of passenger flights each day will change from 26 to 28, including having the larger ATR-72 planes coming to the airport six times a day instead of the current two. That will increase the number of available sets by 33 per cent – up from 1,076 seats to 1,616. The airport’s terminal building opened in 1964 and was designed for 60,000 passengers per year. The New Plymouth District Council is designing an extension of the terminal, with construction planned for 2015. The project is intended to have no rates input and to be covered by user charges.

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Bell Block and New Plymouth – 2nd in 2013 Sunshine Hours

Bell Block and New Plymouth have knocked some of the country’s better-known sunny spots off their perch after notching a record year of sunshine in 2013. With a total of 2668 hours of sunshine, Bell Block and New Plymouth is provisionally the second sunniest place in the country, trailing only Whakatane. It left places like Nelson and Gisborne in its shadow. It’s the second year in a row Bell Block and New Plymouth has clocked record sunshine hours. Last year the Bell Block and New Plymouth enjoyed 2433 hours of sunlight, the highest since records started in 1972. Whakatane has been the national sunshine capital in three of the last four years. Last year the sun shone on the Bay of Plenty town for 2792 hours. Gisborne came third with 2483 hours, and Lake Tekapo fourth with 2482 hours. Nelson was the fifth most sunny spot, with 2411 hours. The sunshine hour totals were taken from the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa) database, with the weather station being based out of Bell Block’s New Plymouth’s Airport.

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Bell Block Based Taranaki Skydiving Club Closes down.

Jumping out of a perfectly good airplane has never been so difficult for the high fliers of the Bell Block Based Taranaki Skydiving Club. The club, which used to operate out of the New Plymouth airport, has closed because of new regulations imposed by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in November 2011. Skydivers in Taranaki now must wait for the few weekends each year when a commercial operation based in Whangarei, Ballistic Blondes, flies their plane down. The club has been jumping since 1977, and had always operated under the safety standards of the New Zealand Parachute Industry Association and the New Zealand Parachute Organisation. The new requirements meant they had to redo all their manuals – operational manuals, health and safety manuals, and everything else. Frank Conway (In Photo) , a skydiver who has done more than 1100 jumps, now has to look further afield for his thrills. “I have to travel a lot now,” he said. “But I quite like that I can just go and have fun now. I used to have to train people, organise the plane, the pilot, tandem master and the weather.” The nearest airfeild is in the Waikato, a 3 and a half hour trip by car, so as long as Frank can get 3-4 jumps in a weekend it makes the trip worthwhile. It’s a changing world we live in………………

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