Six Actions to Accelerate Aotearoa’s Aviation-enabled Future

Aotearoa’s geographic isolation, challenging terrain and highly dispersed population make aviation an indispensable lifeline for all New Zealanders.

Ensuring its future success relies on decisive actions from the next government.

We know that aviation delivers vital resilience during national disasters and health crises. As the catalogue of extreme weather events through 2022 and 2023 showed, aviation is critical for fast emergency connectivity when disasters strike and land transport corridors fail.

Aviation allows Kiwis to connect with friends and whānau and to enrich their lives through national and international travel, experiences and opportunities.

The economic and social benefits of staying connected to each other and to the global community are delivered by our airports and airline operators. Air transport underpins our key sectors from tourism to freight and supports our place in the world as a modern, outward-looking and accessible country.

But despite Aotearoa’s profound reliance on aviation, government policies often overlook the critical role it plays in keeping us safe, prosperous and connected to each other.

We’re heading into a period of unparalleled change for the sector, with the first zero-emission domestic flights planned to take off in just three years’ time. We know we can achieve an aviationenabled future with affordable, accessible, and environmentally sustainable transportation. But without the right funding, regulation, and policy settings from government, this future is at risk.

We’ve identified six actions needed from the next government to support a safe, sustainable and resilient aviation-enabled future for everyone in Aotearoa.