Sunair launches Napier – Tauranga – Hamilton service

Monday 29 April, 2024

Hawke’s Bay Airport is pleased to welcome new weekday air connections between Napier, Tauranga and Hamilton. North Island airline Sunair Aviation will launch the new weekday services from Monday, 29 April.  Hawkes Bay Airport, Hamilton Airport, and Sunair all worked together to make the new services a reality.

The Hawke’s Bay – Tauranga –Hamilton connection is the second and third new regional services from Sunair supporting Hawke’s Bay in the past 12 months.

Wendie Harvey, Chair Hawke’s Bay Airport says the new services deliver on the airport’s strategic priority of developing new air service connections.

“These new services connect two fast growing regions with Hawke’s Bay and provide a viable alternative to travel by road.

“We’re grateful to Sunair for collaborating with us, for seeing the need, and for stepping up to provide these new services.

“Road connections between Hawke’s Bay, Hamilton and Tauranga are plagued by road works, delays, and detours. Business travellers will especially welcome this new service,” says Mrs Harvey.

Dan Power, Flight Operations Manager Sunair Aviation, says the direct flights connecting Napier with Tauranga and Hamilton mark a significant milestone in regional connectivity.

"These new routes are tailored to strengthen the economic and social bonds between these thriving cities. By offering a reliable and swift travel solution, we're opening up new opportunities for businesses and travellers alike, making it easier than ever to navigate the heart of the North Island," he says.

Sunair Aviation’s schedule connects Napier to Gisborne, Hamilton and Tauranga with weekday flights (five passenger capacity per flight) from Monday 29 April. Flights depart Napier at 8.30am, returning from Hamilton at 2:00pm.

“Fares are $390 incl GST one way,” says Mr Power.