Airways is New Zealand’s provider of air navigation services (ANS). It’s our job to get all aircraft and passengers in our airspace to their destination, safely and efficiently.
Who does Airways provide air navigation services to?
We have four key customer groups:
Airlines and commercial aircraft operators
General Aviation communities
The New Zealand Defence Force
What air navigation services does Airways provide?
Air traffic management – we coordinate air traffic in New Zealand airspace, through air traffic control, aircraft flow management, flight information and alerting services.
Navigation services – we manage the infrastructure and supporting services used by aircraft to navigate across New Zealand.
Communications – we operate a sophisticated aviation communications system throughout the country, which includes everything from satellite coverage to cell phones.
Aviation advice – we support, equip and connect customers within the aviation community.
How do we separate aircraft?
Airways’ surveillance systems utilise radar, multilateration and ADS-B equipment to provide a three dimensional picture of air traffic. These systems pinpoint aircraft and allow us to provide appropriate separation between aircraft.
Our surveillance systems allow us to provide the most efficient flight path for aircraft. As a result, we help lower operating costs and reduce environmental emissions.
Where does Airways operate?
Airways provides services to domestic and international air traffic within the two Flight Information Regions (FIRs) controlled by New Zealand. This area covers 30 million square kilometres – one of the largest areas of airspace in the world.
We continue to implement new technology designed to improve our service to customers and align the New Zealand aviation industry with international standards and best practice.Within New Zealand, we operate aerodrome control services or flight information services at 19 locations throughout the country.