'Fly Local' Campaign

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Whanganui Airport is supporting the campaign to ensure the long term survival of local airports in New Zealand.

Click here to visit the Fly Local NZ website for more information.

Our mission: Protect local airports

Local airports are the lifeblood of regional and rural New Zealand. They provide crucial access for isolated communities to education, healthcare and trade. They also act as an important alternate to roads in times of natural emergency.

Yet local airports across New Zealand face an unprecedented funding crisis. For many of the smallest airports, landing fees from passengers do not cover the required maintenance and infrastructure upkeep costs. The result is that some of our smallest local governments have to meet the shortfall. This is in contrast to the rest of the developed world, where governments assist regional airports to ensure national social cohesion.

FlyLocal NZ is campaigning to ensure the long term survival of local airports in New Zealand. It is a single-issue campaign designed to secure bipartisan political support for a package of infrastructure and air service funding.

We have identified 12 airports across the country which face real threat to their existence. we have classified them as non-commercial. Find out if your region is affected.

Fly Local NZ is an initiative of the NZ Airports Association.