17 Sep 2021
In May 2020 Airways started a review of the air traffic services it provides at seven regional airports which had reducing traffic volumes, including Rotorua Airport.
“We welcome the decision announced today by the CAA that will see Air Traffic Control services remain at Rotorua Airport,” Airways CEO Graeme Sumner says.
“The Airport is an important gateway to the Bay of Plenty and wider Central North Island. It supports direct flights daily to and from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch for business and leisure travellers.
“The Airport has a mix of commercial, tourism, and recreational activity so continued Air Traffic Control services will support the Airport’s part in the region’s recovery from COVID-19.
“We will now work with the Airport to continue providing air traffic services,” he says.
The purpose of the review had been twofold – to confirm that the right level of Air Traffic Control is provided at the airports and that appropriate agreements are in place for funding these services.
“The goal has been to make sure that there is an evidence-based service in place at all involved airports that ensures safety remains paramount, without imposing unnecessary cost onto the airlines and other operators that use the aerodrome,” Mr Sumner says.