I'm a Brit who has been lucky enough to have the opportunity to live in Auckland, New Zealand for the past 16 years. That all came to an end on December 30th when my family and I returned to the UK for good. There are many reasons for the return but in this post I wanted to share some of the photos I took at AKL in the few hours prior to departure.
I’ve lived in NZ for nearly 13 years now and have travelled a bit in the Pacific, to Vanuatu and Rarotonga, but until last month never to the largest of the tourist destinations from NZ: Fiji. For kiwis Fiji isn’t a particularly exotic destination (I’d liken it to going to the Canary Islands from the UK) and this short break was firmly of the 'sit at the resort' type, but nevertheless even short visits to Pacific airfields offer up some interesting traffic.
There has been a silence here at Yesterday's Airlines for the past two weeks, due to a family holiday, but I am back now and ready to get back into the usual diet of aviation history and 1:400 releases. Before I do that however let's take a quick look at what has been going on and what I've seen on my hols.
At the end of January 2006 my wife and I took a short trip out to Great Barrier Island. For those unfamiliar with the geography Great Barrier is New Zealand's sixth biggest island (285 sq kms) situated about 100km NE of Auckland. You can get there by car ferry but the best way is to fly into the main airfield at Claris. So that's what we did leaving as you'd expect from Auckland International.
Bearing in mind that these photos are never going to win any awards I hope this and future entries provide an interesting example of how traffic and the Auckland Airport itself has changed since I've been living in NZ. I start with a variety of shots from 2005. Back then the airport had two viewing areas - one in each terminal and what now seems like old fashioned visitors like 747s!
Hopefully this will be the first in a series of photo essays showing how traffic has changed at AKL.