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Customer Satisfaction Survey 2016

Invercargill Airport conducted a survey in 2014 before the redevelopment, and now we are wanting to compare results to ensure we are meeting the needs of our customers to the best that we can.

The survey is based on all public areas of the terminal, car park and café. We want our visitors to enjoy their experience in our new building and we appreciate all feedback.

Please click on the link below to complete a short Customer Satisfaction Survey.


8 May 2016 Air New Zealand Dreamliner

More than 50 kids and their caregivers were taken on a unique scenic tour of New Zealand on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner Jet.

The Jet left Auckland and headed down south over Mount Cook and the Southern Alps, flying low over Invercargill and Dunedin.

Koru care is a charitable trust which gives sick and disabled children memorable exerpiences.

04 March 2016 Invercargill Airport appoints new General Manager

Invercargill Airport Limited Chairman Mr Joe O’Connell is pleased to announce the appointment of its new General Manager, Mr Nigel Finnerty.  Nigel comes to us after 15 years in various senior management roles with New Zealand’s Aluminium Smelter (NZAS).  We are very are pleased to have Nigel on board and his expertise in the management of large infrastructural assets will be a great asset to the company.

“Being a born and bred Southlander, originally from Bluff, I am proud to be involved in the development of one of Southland’s most important infrastructural assets” says Mr Finnerty.

“The Invercargill Airport is a gateway to the region and provides the first touch point for visitors. It is empirical that their first impression is not only a well-run, stunning facility, but they can experience that great southern hospitality right from when they walk off the plane” said Mr Finnerty.

Mr Finnerty takes on this role after successfully spending over 30 years in leadership and management positions across a range of areas.

Mr Finnerty served in the Royal New Zealand Navy from 1981 to 2001 where he completed several peace keeping and Maritime support operations throughout the Persian Gulf and Indian Oceans and was awarded two New Zealand General Services Medals and a New Zealand Operational Services Medal. Upon retirement from the Navy, Mr Finnerty briefly worked as a volunteer for the Department of Conservation on the West Coast.

He returned to Southland in late 2001 and now calls Invercargill home where he resides on a lifestyle block with his wife and two children.

Mr Finnerty joined NZAS in 2001 and during his 15 year tenure gained a wealth of skills progressing through various operational and management roles, most recently holding the role of Asset Manager.

“While I am very sad to see Nigel go, I am also very proud to see him join the ranks of the other Southland business leaders whose skills and commitment to success were developed at NZAS.  I look forward to continue working with him in the wider context of Southland’s regional development,” said New Zealand Aluminium Smelters Chief Executive and GM, Gretta Stephens.

Chairman Joe O’Connell says it is the perfect time for Nigel to take on the position of General Manager as the terminal upgrade draws to a close and we look forward to the exciting future Invercargill Airport has ahead.

“Nigel is starting with the company at a time where we are receiving a lot of positive feedback resulting from the terminal redevelopment with the travelling public commenting on a daily basis how they are enjoying the modern, vibrant and exciting terminal that appropriately reflects the region that Southland is.” Mr O’Connell says.

Alongside his full-time positions at NZAS, Mr Finnerty continued his Navy commitment on a volunteer basis and was appointed Honorary Naval Officer for Southland in 2003 where he served for 10 years. He was then commissioned into the Royal New Zealand Naval Reserve as a Lieutenant Commander and was appointed the Regional Naval Officer for Southland where he remains today and represents the Chief of Navy in Southland, organises Naval ship visits to the region and supports naval activities in the community.

As a keen mountain runner, biker and climber Mr Finnerty has climbed various mountains throughout the Himalayas, summiting the 8,000 metre peak, Shishapangma, in Tibet.  He has also completed   nine Kepler Challenges and the Everest Marathon.

Nigel Finnerty will commence his role as the General Manager of Invercargill Airport in the middle of April.

For more information please contact Invercargill Airport Board Chairman, Joe O’Connell,
027 227 9201,

09 June 2015 – Change as Second Stage of Terminal Development begins

Invercargill Airport wishes to inform the public that it will be operating out of stage one of the new terminal building as of this Sunday (14th June).  Stage one of the terminal building will house all airport check ins, arrivals, departures as well as a temporary Koru lounge. The temporary baggage reclaim, parking pay machines and rental car areas will now be located at the south end of the new terminal building.

A drop-off only lane is still available at the front of the terminal while the ten minute free pick-up area remains unchanged in the main carpark. The drop off area and taxi lane will be sealed with asphalt in summer when more favourable weather conditions allow.

Stage two of the development is estimated for completion by Christmas 2015 subject to the construction programme being finalised.

When using the airport, members of the public are encouraged to allow themselves an extra ten minutes in case of construction or roading changes and to always comply with worksite signage. More information about the development, including a temporary parking map can be found on the Invercargill Airport website.

For more information please contact the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Joe O’Connell, 027 277 9201


As of this Sunday Invercargill Airport check-ins and arrivals/departures will be operating out of stage one of the new terminal building development. The new layout is mapped out below

  • The latest temporary airport parking layout
  • The latest airport terminal building layout

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Airport Emergency Exercise Drill – Wednesday 11 February 2015

Members of the public are advised that Invercargill Airport is to hold its biennial emergency exercise this week.

General Manager Chloe said the exercise, which allows airport staff and emergency services to practice full scale emergency response procedures, will take place following the last flight arrival on Wednesday night, after 8.00pm and will not affect scheduled flights.

“Members of the public should be aware that it is an exercise drill not a real emergency and that roads will be closed into the airport throughout the duration of the exercise.  We thank the public for their co-operation and patience during this exercise which is vital to ensure public safety.”


For more information please contact Invercargill Airport General Manager, Chloe Surridge,
03 214 0769,

2014.08.04 Demolition commences

The sound of bulldozers were heard at Invercargill Airport this week as demolition of the baggage reclaim commenced. Demolition of the existing terminal building will be completed in two stages with the first construction stage estimated to be completed in the first quarter of 2015.

Invercargill Airport Chairman Joe O’Connell said that while demolition of the baggage reclaim and walkway had commenced last Sunday, there had already been significant preparation work that had taken place in the month prior. This included creating a construction access road and the formation of an airside road.

In addition, visitors to the airport will now collect their luggage in a temporary baggage reclaim enclosure outside the terminal building, and car parking and pedestrian walkways have been adjusted to accommodate the construction site.

The next part of the building project will involve ground preparation and construction of stage one. Mr O’Connell said “We are pleased that works are now well underway as scheduled and look forward to working closely with our project team over the coming months.”


16 June 2014 – Contract awarded to build new Invercargill Airport terminal

Invercargill Airport Chairman Joe O’Connell is pleased to announce that Invercargill based construction company Amalgamated Builders Ltd (ABL) has been awarded the main construction contract as part of the terminal upgrade project.  This includes demolition of the existing terminal building in two stages, construction of a new terminal building and erection of a temporary baggage reclaim enclosure.

ABL were selected over a number of other local and national companies through a prequalification process that began in February.  ABL is a privately-owned company with strong Southland roots, more than 40 years’ industry expertise and four sites throughout the South Island including Invercargill and Queenstown.

Mr O’Connell said “We were pleased with the quality of tenders received which resulted in a final tender price that met with our expectations.  The airport company still anticipates the terminal building to be completed by Christmas 2015 and that the $13M investment previously committed to by the shareholders will be sufficient to fund the completion of this project. 

ABL director, shareholder and area manager Bruce Middleton is looking forward to getting to work on the project.  ”We are very pleased to be involved in such a significant project for Southland”

Construction for the airport terminal project is scheduled to commence in July.