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Southland on show ahead of first ever direct Invercargill-Auckland jet service

Media release – Air New Zealand

20 June 2019

Southland on show ahead of first ever direct Invercargill-Auckland jet service

Air New Zealand has today launched a southern inspired campaign ahead of the airline’s first ever direct scheduled jet service between Auckland and Invercargill which gets underway at the end of August.

The month-long campaign ‘Find yourself speechless in Southland’ has been developed in partnership with key Southland stakeholders and will focus on travellers to and from Invercargill and the wider Southland region.

It will showcase all that’s on offer in Southland – from food and local experiences to adventures in Milford Sound and Stewart Island along with stunning imagery of the city and beyond.  Locally the campaign in Southland will promote Auckland as being only a cookie, coffee and magazine read away.

The campaign will feature in press, radio, outdoor advertising and through digital channels.

Air New Zealand General Manager Market Development and Retail Sales Annabelle Fowler says the campaign is all about encouraging people to get behind the direct jet service.

“There are some fantastic experiences in Southland, and we’re excited to share these through this new campaign ahead of our new direct service to Invercargill which gets underway in just two months’ time.

“Equally the Southland community has told us a direct service to Auckland is important to them and we look forward to locals supporting the direct A320 jet service.”

Southland Regional Development Agency interim Chief Executive Ann Lockhart credited the passionate work of Venture Southland and key Southland stakeholders in helping to lay the groundwork for the direct flight being established.

“This is a great result for the Southland region, and we’re excited for the many opportunities it will provide to our businesses, residents and future visitors – visiting what we consider to be the best region in New Zealand has now been made even easier.”

With a flight time of approximately two hours, the new Invercargill-Auckland service will be the longest domestic Air New Zealand flight.  The first scheduled Auckland-Invercargill service will depart on 25 August 2019 and the first Invercargill-Auckland flight will be on 26 August 2019.

Air New Zealand’s schedule for its direct Invercargill-Auckland service, operated by its A320 jet aircraft, is as follows:

Flight Number Departs Arrives Days of week Aircraft type
NZ698 Invercargill 6:00am Auckland 7:55am Mon/Tues/Thur/Fri/Sat* A320
NZ699 Auckland 7:35pm Invercargill 9:35pm Mon/Wed/Thurs/Fri/Sun A320

*The NZ698 Invercargill-Auckland Saturday service will depart at 9:15am, arriving in Auckland at 11:10am

Jet Service is coming to Invercargill

In December 2018 Invercargill Airport Limited and Air New Zealand announced the introduction of a direct jet service between Invercargill and Auckland. The flight will be the longest direct flight in New Zealand with a travel time of 2 hours, and will open up exciting opportunities for business and recreational travellers into and out of the Southland province. Not only will this service open Southland to the World, but also the World to Southland.

To make this a reality some changes need to be made to the airport, and to how passengers check in and board their flight. These changes will occur over the next 3 months in preparation for the first flight on the 25th August 2019. We have called this the ‘Jet Project’.

The ‘Jet Project’

In order for an Air New Zealand A320 Jet to safely land, stand and depart the Invercargill Airport with passengers, several things have to happen:

  • Aircraft Parking

We need to provide a hardstand area capable of taking a much larger aircraft than what currently lands at our airport. The layout of the ‘apron’, the line markings and the aeroplane parking will be upgraded to support this new aircraft.

  • New baggage screening area

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) requires that any aircraft with more than 90 seats must have baggage screening at check in.  A purpose-built baggage screening facility will be built adjacent to the current Air New Zealand Check In area. This will allow bags to be x-rayed, searched if required, and loaded onto the aircraft.

  • Secure Passenger Departure Lounge

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) requires that passengers and hand luggage on any aircraft with more than 90 seats must be security screened prior to departure.  The Terminal’s current meeting and training rooms will be converted into the new screening area and a secure departure lounge.

 What to expect during construction?

There should be minimal disruption to the public using the terminal during the construction phase. Hoardings will separate the public from any construction areas. You will still be able to access all areas of the airport terminal as normal, however we will no longer have the meeting rooms available for bookings. Access to the Air New Zealand Regional Lounge and the Invercargill Airport Office will remain the same.

For more information go to Invercargill Airport Jet Project

Request for Proposal – Invercargill Airport Guest Services

Invercargill Airport Limited (IAL) is the aviation gateway to Invercargill City and the Southland region. It is situated approximately 10 minutes’ drive from the Invercargill CBD. Several aviation related companies and businesses use or are operated from the airport.  In 2011, a project was started to replace the Invercargill Airport terminal building. This project is now complete, and the new terminal is in operation.

IAL is on the journey to ensure that guests who use the terminal building have a first-class experience. Having guest services that are professional and friendly is extremely important not only to the smooth operation of the terminal, but to the reputation of the Airport.

Attached is a request for proposal of providing Guest Services for Invercargill Airport

Request For Proposal for Guest Services

Rental Car Park Unavailable from Monday 23 April 2018

Due to resealing, the rental car park will not be available from 8.00am Monday 23 April through to end of day Thursday 26 April.

During this time rental cars will have designated parking areas in the main car park. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the airport administration office 03 2186 920 or your rental car company.



Disruptions to the Terminal 6th – 24th November 2017

We wish to advise all visitors to the Invercargill Airport that there will be minor disruptions to the terminal entrances due to construction between Monday 6th November and Friday 24th November. This should not cause any disruptions to the car park and roading.

Airport staff will be available to assist you during this time, signage will be placed where required.

If you have any issues please contact us on 03 2186 367 or