Member Spotlight – Sunair: New Zealand’s ‘Big Little Airline’ is spreading its wings

(Originally published by Stuff on May 1, 2024.)

A small Tauranga-based airline is defying a sluggish economy by expanding into new routes, with more destinations and aircraft on the horizon.

Sunair began flying passengers into Hamilton Airport this week, linking up the Waikato with Napier, Whangārei and Gisborne every weekday.

The airline, which started in 1985, currently has a fleet of nine Piper Aztec aircraft which also fly to Great Barrier, Wairoa, and Whitianga, as well as its home base in Tauranga. It has three other Cessna 172s used for flight training and sightseeing trips.

Owner Dan Power spoke to Stuff Travel Reporter Alan Granville. Read the full article here.

Sunair aircraft in the sun on the tarmac