Rotorua Airport Operating History:
Rotorua Airport began operating in 1964 as a joint venture between the Rotorua District Council and the Crown. The Crown sold its 50% share to a private company in 1987, with the Council purchasing those shares in 2003 and taking ownership of the Airport assets in 2004.
The council invested significantly in the airport between 2004 and 2009 to expand the runway and terminal to ensure it could cater for newer, larger domestic jets, as well as Tasman operations.
Today, the Rotorua Airport is currently 100% owned by the Rotorua District Council and operates as a Council Controlled Organisation (CCO) with an independent board. Rotorua Airport hosts 215,000 passengers a year with daily direct Air New Zealand services between Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown (via Christchurch).