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ANS service and pricing explained

Our role is to provide a safe and efficient air traffic service. We do this by delivering world-class services and real value to our customers. 

Service and pricing explained

The New Zealand aeronautical navigation services we provide include:

  • Aerodrome ATM services

  • Aerodrome visual navigation aid services

  • Approach services

  • En-route domestic and Oceanic services

  • Flight information services in uncontrolled airspace

  • Alerting services in uncontrolled airspace

Determining service and pricing

In competitive markets, market forces determine services and prices. As there is no competition for many of Airways' services in New Zealand, a different mechanism is needed to define services and service levels, and to set prices. We carry out business efficiently and build stakeholder confidence by maintaining a clear Service Framework and Pricing Framework.  These define our services, set prices and incentivise excellent performance.

Using the frameworks

The Service Framework sets out the services we provide, who receives them, and where and how the services are delivered. The Pricing Framework defines the methodologies to price these services. The Standard Terms and Conditions present the prices and contractual terms under which Airways provides its services.

The diagram below illustrates how each of these documents relate to each other:

ANS Charges and Terms

Airways is a State-Owned Enterprise established under the State-Owned Enterprises Act 1987. Airways provides services on a commercial basis under that Act, and is also authorised by Section 99 of the Civil Aviation Act 1990 and under Civil Aviation Rules to provide the services covered by these terms.

Our Standard Terms and Conditions for the Provision of Airways’ Services (effective 1 July 2021) set out the contractual terms and conditions upon which Airways' services are provided. 

For further detail regarding the application of these terms and general information about the administration of our services, please see the Terms and Conditions - Explanatory Document (effective 1 July 2021).

Work out the costs of your upcoming flight using our Charges Calculator.

View pricing and service frameworks

Airways Service Framework

Airways Pricing Framework

2021 Review of Service Framework

Airways has started consultation on our Service Framework which sets out the services we provide, and who pays for them.  

The Service Framework was last reviewed in 2012 so a review is needed to ensure it is fit for purpose.  

We want to hear customer, stakeholder and industry views about what role Airways can play in the recovery of the aviation sector and how can we support them. This includes what objectives they think should guide the development of our future commercial framework. 

We are particularly interested in hearing whether there is industry support for direct charging to airports for Aerodrome Services rather than airport users which is currently the case. This would see contestable services treated differently to statutory monopoly services. Contestable services are purchased by airports to support their business. We want to explore whether it is appropriate for those services to be offered directly to airports on a commercial basis. 

Airways is not consulting on operational aspects of our services, or proposing to cease providing any categories of services as part of this process. 

Consultation closes at 5.00pm on Wednesday 16 June and will be followed by a period where cross submissions can be made.  

Submissions can be sent to Tracey Hall at 

The outcomes of the consultation will then inform Airways’ pricing review planned for later this year. 


More information can be found in the links below. 


Consultation documents 

Download Service Framework Review Consultation Paper

Download Proposed Revised Airways Service Framework


Completed pricing consultations

Every three years Airways consults with its customers – airlines, airports and the general aviation community – on enhancements to services and associated prices. The purpose of this is to ensure the continued safety and resiliency of the aviation network, while preparing for the future.       

This latest pricing consultation commenced in January 2019 and was completed in May. The consultation included the opportunity for submissions, requests for further information and public meetings across the country.  

All customer feedback, including 12 detailed submissions, was carefully considered in setting the final prices.  

The final prices and Airways’ response to customer feedback are outlined in the consultation response document found below.  

Pricing For The 2019-2022 Period:  Consultation Response Document


Consultation documents

Download Copy of Airways pricing calculator 1 Jul 19 Final Prices 

Download Airways Standard Terms and Conditions 

Download Airways pricing consultation - proposed prices 



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Air New Zealand

Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association of New Zealand (AOPA NZ)

Aviation NZ

Board of Airline Representatives of New Zealand (BARNZ)

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International Air Transport Association (IATA)

Malcolm Savill

NZ Airports Association

Peter Armstrong

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