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Diverts to Invercargill from Queenstown 25 May 2017

Due to weather conditions in Queenstown, Invercargill Airport was able to host two A320 diverts this morning.

The first aircraft arrived in at approximately 10:30am with the other aircraft following close behind at 11:30am. The second aircraft held on the runway and waited for the first A320 to depart before coming on to the Apron to park, you can see this in the image below.

Oyster Festival 20 May 2017

On May 20 three A320 flights from Auckland and Wellington landed in Invercargill for the famous Oyster Festival in Bluff. The three flights were same-day return flights.

Customers of these flights were also able to enjoy other Southland experiences such as, Bill Richardson Transport World, Classic Motorcycle Mecca, Seriously Good Chocolate Factory, a tour and tasting at Invercargill Brewery and E Hayes Motorworks.


Best Sausage Rolls in Southland

The Southern Lights Cafe at the Invercargill Airport has the best sausage rolls in Southland according to The Hits radio station listener votes on Friday 12 May 2017.

The Southern Lights Cafe has a fantastic selection of food and beverages available 7 days a week. So if you are looking for something to keep you warm on a cold day bring your family out to the airport and try our famous sausage rolls with a cup of coffee – there is lots of yummy treats at the cafe for the kids and a great play area too!

Sunwolves fly in to Invercargill

The Sunwolves Rugby team flew into Invercargill on Friday 21 April, ahead of their game on Saturday 22 April at Rugby Park Stadium. Kick off on Saturday is at 5:15pm.

The team was welcomed to Invercargill by some of the talented Te Wharekura O Arowhenua students.








The Invercargill Airport drop off road will be closed between 12:20pm – 6:30pm on Monday 10 April, due to resealing of the road. The main car park will still be open.

If you require any assistance during this time please see our Customer Service staff who will be here during this time.

Please do not hesitate to contact our Administration office if you have any concerns on 03 218 6367 or

Private Jet Opportunities at Invercargill Airport

If you wish to visit Invercargill Regional Airport of the year or use Invercargill as a base for your aircraft and travel on to some of the other fantastic areas of the south, Invercargill Airport has you covered.

At Invercargill Airport, we have a brand-new terminal with state of the art facilities, officially opened by the Prime Minister in early 2016. During our normal operating hours, we have welcoming, friendly staff throughout the Airport who are available and very happy to assist you during your visit.

Invercargill Airport has one sealed runway and two grass runways which can operate for 24 hours a day. We are fully compliant with the international Civil Aviation Authority regulations as required by the New Zealand Civil Aviation Act 1990.

Southland’s daylight hours are a blessing for aviators in the summer as daylight begins as early as 5am and extends as late as 10.30pm, which translates to an incredible 16 hours flying time.

Aircraft parking at the Invercargill Airport is not an issue as we have stands 3 stands available for large aircraft and can use GA areas for smaller aircraft. If required, we can arrange out of normal hours’ Fire Service and Air Traffic Control service by prior arrangement.

We have the ability to process small private international passenger flights of up to 14 passenger and crew. Customs inspection and quarantine areas can be made available by prior arrangement.

If you wish to travel on through to Queenstown there are transport options available on site including Helicopter and professional car services.

Please click on the link below which will provide you with more information.

Private Jet Opportunities

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Nigel Finnerty – General Manager


Dan Coe – Operations Manager


Invercargill Airport named Regional Airport of the Year


Invercargill Airport named Regional Airport of the Year

Invercargill Airport was announced as winner of the Regional Airport of the Year 201nvercargill Airport named Regional Airport of the Year6 award at the New Zealand Airports Conference, held in Nelson Thursday night.

The award recognises Invercargill Airport’s success in completing its $13 million redevelopment project, resulting in positive outcomes for the airport, its passengers and the wider community.

The project began in 2011 with a full commercial review, the objective being to deliver a financially sustainable operation for the long term as well as a functional, modern and safe building that represented Southland.  Construction was completed in early 2016, and the new terminal was officially opened by Prime Minister John Key in April this year.

Partnership with key stakeholders and a focus on long term regional, community and economic benefits were factors taken into consideration in the judging process.

“It is clear that Invercargill Airport have succeeded in their aim to create a terminal building which Southland can be proud of.  Since opening, it has lifted the spirits of those working at and passing through the airport, and presented a great first impression of the region,” said Beca Principal/Technical Director, Airports, Tristan Hughes, who presented the award.

In accepting the award, Invercargill Airport General Manager Nigel Finnerty described the project as “a story of innovative thinking, engagement and most of all collaboration.”

“It’s transformed the airport from a dated 1960s building to a modern, functional and practical gateway for Southland.  But to make it happen it’s been a massive effort from everyone involved.

“From the idea generators, the designers who took the idea and gave it form and the contractors who built it to the people of Invercargill and Southland who engaged and supported the project, the users of the airport and those who work or run businesses on the site – all had to work hard to make it into what it is today,” Mr Finnerty said.

A focus on collaboration with key stakeholders – shareholders, major customer and the city and region – was evident throughout the project, which began with a public survey to assess community needs prior to commencing the terminal design.

Invercargill City Mayor Tim Shadbolt said it was this level of engagement with all stakeholders and the owner, Invercargill City Council, that paved the way for unanimous approval for this project to proceed and the ultimate success of the project.

“I can say with authority that the airport development project has received nothing but positive feedback from the community,” he said.

As one of Invercargill Airport’s key customers, Air New Zealand was also involved intimately throughout the process to ensure airline schedules and the experience for the travelling public could be enhanced.

Air New Zealand Regional Affairs Manager Ian Collier praised Invercargill Airport for taking a partnership approach to the project, resulting in an outcome that has proved to be both practical and enduring for the region.

“The forward thinking design, simplicity and functionality of the terminal has been of great benefit to visitors and locals alike,” Mr Collier said.

“The region has good reason to be incredibly proud of this impressive gateway to Southland,” he added.

Invercargill Airport Chairman of the Board of Directors, Joe O’Connell said it was an honour to receive recognition for the successful redevelopment, and that this success was a reflection of the hard work and dedication of everyone involved.

“The Invercargill Airport team, the board, our team of contractors, Invercargill City Holdings Limited, the Invercargill City Council, Air New Zealand, airport users and our local community – we can all stand proud knowing we have created a fantastic facility that provides a great first impression for our visitors and appropriately reflects the modern, vibrant region that Southland is,” he said.

Invercargill airport was also highly commended for the Project of the Year 2016 award category, which was won by Queenstown Airport.

For more information, please contact Invercargill Airport Chairman of the Board of Directors, Joe O’Connell, phone 027 277 9201 or email