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Barrier Air

Barrier Air is a domestic airline based in Auckland, New Zealand. The airline has a hub at the Domestic Terminal at Auckland Airport, in Mangere, as well as offices at Great Barrier Aerodrome, Kaitaia Airport and North Shore Aerodrome. Barrier Air operates scheduled passenger, charter, and freight services from Auckland, North Shore and Great Barrier Island.

Barrier Air is the only airline offering scheduled flight services between Auckland and Kaitaia. It also operates to other popular seasonal destinations, such as Tauranga and Whitianga.

The airline prides itself in being 100% New Zealand owned, and was established (with its original name, Great Barrier Airlines) in 1983, with an inaugural flight to Great Barrier Island on the 2nd of December 1983.

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Below is a list of the destinations in New Zealand that the airline operates scheduled passenger flights to:

Destination Airport IATA
Auckland Auckland Airport AKL
Great Barrier Island Great Barrier Aerodrome GBZ
Kaitaia Kaitaia Airport KAT
North Shore North Shore Aerodrome n/a

Popular Routes

Auckland ✈ Great Barrier Island

Auckland ✈ Kaitaia

North Shore ✈ Great Barrier Island - Claris

Kaitaia ✈ Great Barrier Island

Baggage Allowance

Carry-On Baggage

Every passenger (including Seat Only passengers) are permitted 7kg of carry-on baggage.

Checked Baggage

Great Barrier Island flights: Premium, Economy and Seat + passengers are entitled to 20kg of checked baggage. Seat Only passengers don’t have any checked baggage allowance.

Kaitaia flights: All passengers, including Premium, Economy and Seat + passengers are entitled to 23kg of checked baggage. Seat Only passengers don’t have any checked baggage allowance.

On occasion, due to adverse weather or other factors, the airline may not be able to transport all checked baggage on the departing flight. In this instance, the baggage will be transported on the next departing flight with space available. Excess Baggage carriage is subject to space and weight availability and may need to be transported on the next flight.

Check-In Information

Online Check-In

Online check-in is not currently available.

Airport Check-In

For all Barrier Air flights, passengers must be checked in at least 45 minutes prior to scheduled departure time.

Class Fares

The airline provides four fare types available to choose from: Seat Only, Seat and Bag, Economy and Premium. The onboard experience will be similar, as facilities onboard the aircraft are limited. Passengers will be required to remain seated during the short flights, which offer incredible views of the scenery below. Both of these fare classes offer the flexibility to reschedule or cancel, however there are differences in the terms and conditions.

Seat Only & Seat and Bag (Seat +): This is the most affordable option for those whose schedule is unlikely to change. It allows passengers to reschedule their booking prior to the day of departure, but a fee will be charged.

Economy Fare: The economy fare allows passengers to reschedule their booking prior to the day of departure. A smaller fee will be charged.

Premium Fare: The premium fare gives passengers the flexibility to reschedule their booking up until 2 hours prior to scheduled departure, and for free.


The airline operates newly purchased Cessna Grand Caravans. Cessna Grand Caravan are a popular single engine, turbine-powered aircraft, ideal for shorter flights. The Caravans have seating for up to 13 passengers. Flights are short-haul, lasting between 30 minutes and an hour.

Airline Alliance

The airline is not currently part of an airline alliance.

Frequent Flyer Program

The airline does not currently provide a frequent flyer program.

Hub Airport

Auckland Airport

Auckland Airport (IATA: AKL) is a large international airport serving the city of Auckland. It is the busiest international airport in New Zealand. It is a domestic and international hub for Air New Zealand, and the New Zealand hub of Jetstar Airways. Other airlines that operate from the airport include Virgin Australia, Qantas, Hawaiian Airlines, China Airlines, Air Tahiti Nui, Air Chathams, and Qatar Airways.

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