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Wellington International Airport

Wellington International Airport
Aerial photo of Wellington International Airport (north to left)
Airport information
 Location of the Wellington International Airport
Airport typePublic
OwnerInfratil, Wellington City Council
OperatorWellington International Airport Ltd
ServesWellington, New Zealand
LocationRongotai, Wellington, New Zealand
Elevation13 m (42 ft)
Passenger throughput5021000
Aircraft movements111270

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Wellington International Airport (formerly known as Rongotai Airport) is located in the suburb of Rongotai in Wellington, New Zealand. It is the major airport servicing Wellington, New Zealand's capital city, and is a secondary hub and focus city for Air New Zealand and its subsidiaries. The airport is operated by Wellington International Airport Limited, a joint venture between Infratil and the Wellington City Council.

Wellington is the third-busiest airport in New Zealand (after Auckland and Christchurch), with a total of 5.021 million passengers and 111,000 aircraft movements in 2008. The airport, in addition to linking to many New Zealand destinations by national and regional carriers, also has links to major cities in eastern Australia and Fiji. It is the home of many smaller general aviation businesses, including Wellington Aero Club, which operates from the general aviation area on the western side of the runway.

The airport is on a small 110 ha site on the Rongotai isthmus, a stretch of low-lying land between Wellington proper and the Miramar Peninsula. It operates a single 1936 m runway with ILS in both directions, capable of handling aircraft up to the Boeing 767-300 and Airbus A330-200 (although the largest aircraft to use Wellington in regular service in 2010 are the Airbus A320 and the Boeing 737-800).

The airport is bordered by residential and commercial areas to the east and west, and Wellington Harbour and Cook Strait to the north and south respectively.

Wellington has a reputation of having rough and turbulent landings, even in larger aircraft, due to the channelling effect of Cook Strait creating significant crosswinds to an aircraft approaching from the south.

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