Westport Airport (New Zealand)


Westport Airport is an airport in Kawatiri, Westport, New Zealand (IATA: WSZ, ICAO: NZWS).

Westport Airport
Summary
LocationWestport, New Zealand
Elevation AMSL13 ft / 4 m
Coordinates41°44′17″S 171°34′51″E
Websitehttp://bullerdc.govt.nz/airport/
Map
WSZ
Location of airport in West Coast
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
04/22 4,200 1,280 Asphalt
Source: World Aero Data

Sounds Air has the only scheduled services into Westport, flying to Wellington using nine-seat Pilatus PC-12s. Air New Zealand had daily flights, operated by Eagle Airways Beechcraft 1900D aircraft, until April 2015. In 2002 Air West Coast connected Westport to Greymouth, Christchurch and Wellington; these services were discontinued due to high costs and lack of passengers on 27 June 2008.[1]

F27 about to arrive in Westport in 1979.
The Westport Airport terminal and runway (2013).

History


The airport had services as far back as 1947 with Air Travel connecting Westport to Nelson and south to Hokitika. Later NAC operated these flights onto Wellington with Dragon Rapide aircraft. In March 1952 the much larger Douglas DC-3s were used on the Westport-Nelson-Wellington route. The year ended 31 March 1966 saw Wesport handle 7,557 passengers, an increase from 6,615 the year before.[2] The runway was sealed in October 1970 to allow Friendship flights from Christchurch via Hokitika and onto Nelson and Wellington 6 days per week. Both the northbound and the southbound services flew into Westport in the afternoon.[3] The airport terminal was refurbished in 2007.[4]

Airlines and destinations


AirlinesDestinations
Sounds Air Wellington[5]

See also


References


  1. Steve, Lowe. "Flying on a wing and a prayer". 3rd Level NZ. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  2. "Westport News". 21 April 1966.
  3. Lowe, Steve. "The National Carrier at Westport". 3rd Level NZ. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  4. "Westport Airport | West Coast, New Zealand". www.westcoast.co.nz. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  5. "Exciting news for Sounds Air and Wesport". Retrieved 18 October 2015.