|Cessna 208B Grand Caravan ZK-MYH which serviced the Kaitaia route for a short time. Photo taken at Auckland on 5 May 2015|
On the 13th of July 2015 BN Islander ZK-FVD, Partenavia ZK-PLA and Embraer 820C ZK-RDT were registered to the new Great Barrier Airlines Ltd. A couple of days later on the 15th of July 2015 Great Barrier Airlines was renamed as Barrier Air. A tangible sign of the new company was the addition of Cessna Grand Caravan ZK-SDB to the fleet. The Caravan entered into service for the first time on the 11th of August 2015 flying from Auckland to Kaitaia and return. It flew to Great Barrier Island the following day.
|Barrier Air's flagship, Cessna Grand Caravan ZK-SDB at Auckland on 29 September 2015|
|Also carrying Barrier Air titles is Britten Norman Island. Photo taken at Auckland on 26 October 2015|
The Kaitaia schedule was changed from the 17th of August 2015 with two flights being offered each way between Auckland and Kaitaia on weekdays and one flight each way on Saturdays and Sundays.
From November 2015 Barrier Air changed their Kaitaia timetable to better suit business traffic. The afternoon flights from this time were rescheduled to depart Kaitaia at 4.00pm instead of 2.00pm.
|Embraer 820C ZK-RDT at Auckland on 19 December 2015|
|Piper PA31-Chieftain ZK-VIP at Auckland on 30 November 2015|
February 2016 saw further expansion. On the 4th of February 2016 Barrier Air commenced a twice weekday city hopper between Auckland International Airport and North Shore Airport allowing passengers to and from the North Shore a quick flight over Auckland's traffic congestion. The first flight, GB310, was operated by Embraer 820 ZK-RDT. Flights operate on demand.
Then, on the 13th of February 2016, Barrier Air introduced flights between Hamilton and Auckland replacing the Air New Zealand service which had ended the day before. The first flight from Auckland, GB55, was operated by Cessna Grand Caravan ZK-SDB under the command of Travis McKee. The flights will usually operate with two pilots and 11 flights are being offered each week.
|Leading the way across the tarmac, Nick Pearson, Barrier Air's Logistics Manager (left) talks to the company's Chief Executive Mike Foster.|
By the beginning of April 2016 the Hamilton schedule was reduced to operate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with flights leaving Auckland at 10.30am to arrive at Hamilton at 11.00am and leaving Hamilton at 12.00noon to arrive at Auckland at 12.30pm. The Okiwi-Claris and Auckland-North Shore flights were also withdrawn.
|Barrier Air added Piper PA31 Chieftain ZK-FOP to its fleet in December 2015. It is seen here arriving at Hamilton on 7 March 2016|
On 2 May 2016 Barrier Air commenced weekday Auckland-Whangarei flights with Piper Chieftain ZK-VIP operating the first service. Flights leave Auckland at 7.00am to arrive at Whangarei at 7.30am and Whangarei at 5.30pm to arrive at Auckland at 6.00pm. Between these flights the aircraft operates the doctors flight between Whangarei and Kaitaia. Passengers can book flights between Auckland and Kaitaia subject to seats being available.
In August 2016 Barrier Air withdrew all three Piper Chieftains from its fleet. At the same time the Doctors flights between Whangarei and Kaitaia ended as well as the Auckland to Whangarei scheduled service. Flights between North Shore and Great Barrier Island were also reduced and these flights are now usually operated by the BN Islander or Partenavia.