Plans to expand Dairy Flat airport

Owners of the North Shore Airport (Dairy Flat Aero Club) have made an application to the Ministry of Transport to become an airport authority.

The regional airport at 270/284 Postman Road is predominately used for private general aviation operations, flight training, and light commercial airline services.

Owners of the airport say its interest in airport authority status is to help protect its position and status as an airport, while supporting the future business and industrial urbanisation of the surrounding area in accordance with the Auckland Unitary Plan. If granted, the airport could extend its operation and allow larger aircraft to use the airport – such as larger Turbo-prop planes as opposed to small light aircraft.

A public meeting to discuss the plan is being held on Thursday 29 October at the Dairy Flat Hall, Postman’s Road, starting at 7pm. All welcome.

To make a submission to the authorities about the plan see here.

Airport Authority Status would allow the airport to set its own bylaws with approval from central government. It would also allow the airport to apply to the Minister for the Environment for requiring authority status, which would give the airport greater autonomy from the Auckland Council to protect land and airspace under the Resource Management Act.

Airport authority status is not required to run an airport. However the powers which come with airport authority status can support an airport’s operation and development.

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