On February 25th, after the last Air New Zealand flight of the day, some very different modes of transport will be out and about on the Gisborne Airport tarmac. Eastland Group has teamed up with Bikeys for the first-ever Flywheels community event, which invites locals to cycle, skateboard, rollerblade and scooter right along the runway.
There will be a range of street food vendors, and a sky high lolly scramble with the ECT Rescue Helicopter. Families are encouraged to wear fancy dress, as there’s $2000 worth of spot prizes and prizes for best costumes.
The airport is world-famous for the rail line running across the tarmac, and this will be shown off to spectacular effect with the Wa165 steam train making an appearance.
“The Gisborne Airport is one of the major gateways to our region, and plays an important role in many people’s lives, whether they’re flying for business or leisure,” says Eastland Group Chief Executive Matt Todd.
“This is a unique opportunity for everyone to experience the airport in a completely different way. They can get right out onto the tarmac, which was resealed last year, and ride around an area that’s usually reserved for planes. I’m delighted that Eastland Group and Gisborne Airport can offer the community what promises to be a very memorable evening.”
Interest in the event is high, with the steam train tickets selling out in just three days. Organisers encourage everyone else to come straight to the airport, with check-in from 5.30, followed by a short safety briefing. The gates to the runway will open at 6pm.
Entry is a voluntary gold coin donation, which will go to the ECT Rescue Helicopter. Parking is free.
For full details, please see eastland.nz/flywheels or the Eastland Group Facebook page.