The Airport itself is located nearest to the urban centre of Napier, and is sometimes referred to as Napier Airport.
Hawke's Bay Airport Terminal is a modern well-equipped building, featuring three check-in counters for Air New Zealand and a check-in counter for Sun Air, together with a cafe, seating area and rental car counters. Both long-term and secured car parking is provided close to the terminal. There is a Koru lounge for Air New Zealand Koru club members and meeting rooms available for hire. There is an internal baggage reclaim area where passengers' luggage is brought directly from the plane within minutes of disembarking.
The second floor has a small glass-fenced open air deck, where arriving and departing aircraft can be viewed.
Hawke's Bay Airport is a busy regional airport with frequent flights to and from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch on Air New Zealand Bombardier Dash 8 Q300 & ATR 72-500 turbo prop aircraft. 432,000 travellers passed through the terminal in the 12 months to June 2011.
Due to booming tourism and commerce in Napier and Hastings extensions to the northern and southern ends of the main runway at Hawkes Bay Airport have just been completed, which provides a total of 1750 metres ( sufficient to accommodate 737-300, B737-800 and A320 aircraft operated by Air New Zealand & Jetstar on domestic operations. A terminal reconfiguration, along with a full-scale security fence, would be required before domestic scheduled services could commence. At this stage further development to enable trans-Tasman services is not planned. Hawke's Bay Airport has received resource consent from the Napier City Council to begin Stage 1 of a significant multi million dollar business park development.
A smaller airport is located near Hastings called Hastings Aerodrome, which is primarily used for flight training and recreational aviation.