Prior to 1931, the area where Hawke's Bay Airport now stands was part of a tidal lagoon and a popular venue for sailing and fishing. The earthquake that struck on 3rd February 1931, with a magnitude of 7.9 on the Richter scale, raised the seabed by up to two metres and gave Napier many additional hectares of dry, flat land.
Hawke's Bay Airport was officially opened on the 15th of February 1964, although there had been flying from the airfield for many years. The first regular service between Napier and Gisborne commenced in 1935 from the Embankment airfield and transferred to the Beacons airfield, the current airport site, soon after.
Hawke's Bay Airport management and outside consultants are continually working on short and long-term strategic plans for the future development of the region's gateway.
Our goal is to become New Zealand's leading regional airport complemented by a world-class business park, and to continue to be a major contributor to the social well-being and economic development of Hawke's Bay.
The document comprises the Master Plan detail - Volume 1 and accompanying Appendices Volume 2 (coming soon).