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Sunair Aviation, not to be confused with the Scandinavian airline Sun Air, is an airline based in New Zealand. The airline operates scheduled services around New Zealand's North Island.

This airline was founded in 1991 as a commuter operator in Motiti Island. However, it didn't commence flying operations under the name Sunair until 2006.


Sunair Aviation's scheduled flights operate between Tauranga and several destinations, including Great Barrier Island, Whakatane, Gisborne, Rotorua, and Hamilton. The airline also operates flights to other destinations in New Zealand on a charter basis, depending on customer demand.

Below is a list of Sunair Aviation's destinations:

  • Auckland
  • Gisborne
  • Great Barrier Island
  • Hamilton
  • Motiti Island
  • Rotorua
  • Whakatane
  • Whangarei
  • Whitianga

Baggage Policy

Carry-on Baggage

Passengers on Sunair Aviation's scheduled flights are allowed to carry one piece of carry-on luggage with a maximum weight of 7 kg (15 lbs) and dimensions of no more than 45 x 35 x 20 cm (17.7 x 13.7 x 7.9 inches).

Checked Baggage

Checked baggage is limited to one bag with a maximum weight of 15kg (33lbs) and dimensions of no more than 80 x 50 x 30cm (31.5 x 19.7 x 11.8 inches).

Cabin Classes

Due to the type of aircraft that Sunair Aviation uses for its flights, it only offers a single-class cabin configuration. Comfortable seats and adequate legroom are part of the cabin experience.

Check-In Information

Airport Check-In

For scheduled flights, passengers are advised to arrive at the airport at least 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time. This allows enough time for check-in, baggage drop-off, and security screening. Sunair Aviation recommends that passengers arrive even earlier during peak travel periods or if they have special needs or requests.

Food & Drink

Sunair Aviation offers a range of complimentary snacks and refreshments to passengers on its scheduled flights, depending on the duration of the flight and the time of day. These typically include tea, coffee, water, juice, and light snacks such as cookies or crackers.

However, the airline does not offer full meals on its flights due to the short duration of most regional flights.

In-flight Entertainment

Sunair Aviation doesn't provide in-flight entertainment onboard due to the nature of its flights. The airline's cabins are configured with comfortable seats and adequate legroom, and passengers are free to read books, magazines, or use personal electronic devices such as smartphones or tablets during the flight.

Frequent Flyer Program

Sunair Aviation does not currently have a formal frequent flyer program that rewards passengers with points or miles for flying with the airline. However, the airline does offer a range of charter services and custom tour packages, which can be tailored to the specific needs and preferences of individual customers.

Airline Alliance

Sunair Aviation is not currently a member of any airline alliance.

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Hub Airport

Tauranga Airport

Sunair Aviation is based at Tauranga Airport which is located by Tauranga Harbour in the Mount Maunganui area. The airline serves around 280 000 passengers each year. The only other airline that operates out of the airport includes Air New Zealand.


Sunair Aviation currently operates its flights with a fleet of Cessna 208 Caravan, Piper PA-31 Navajo and Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander aircraft.