Prepare for zero-emissions commercial electric flights and unmanned aircraft

Section: 6.2. Supporting towns and regions to flourish


Prepare existing airport infrastructure for zero-emissions commercial electric flights and leverage wider export opportunities. Measures will need to:

  1. Develop the requisite training for existing and new pilots and for the maintenance of electric aircraft.
  2. Prepare power and charging infrastructure networks and capabilities.
  3. Develop a network of charging stations across New Zealand airports so that alternatives are available, in the case of service disruptions.
  4. Coordinate charging standards to ensure that a wide variety of aircraft can utilise charging equipment.
  5. Investigate export-ready applications, such as pilot and maintenance training.
  6. Upgrade the aviation system and existing airport infrastructure to cater for greater use of unmanned aircraft.


  • Te Manatū Waka | Ministry of Transport
  • Civil Aviation Authority
  • Airports and Airlines


2022 - 2041

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