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Airspace classes indicate the types of separation ATC apply to IFR and VFR aircraft.

The New Zealand Flight Information Region (FIR) is divided into three classes of airspace: 

  • Classes C and D (controlled airspace); and 
  • Class G (uncontrolled airspace).

Class A

IFR flights only are permitted. 

All flights are provided with air traffic control service and are separated from each other.

Has Air Traffic Control and a clearance is required to enter.

Class B

IFR and VFR flights are permitted. 

All flights are provided with air traffic control service and are separated from each other.

A clearance is required to enter.

Not currently used in New Zealand.

Class C

IFR and VFR flights are permitted. 

All flights are provided with air traffic control service and separation is provided between IFR flights, IFR and VFR flights, and IFR and SVFR flights. 

Separation is provided between SVFR flights when the flight visibility is reported to be less than 5 km. 

VFR flights are separated from IFR flights and receive traffic information in respect of other VFR flights.

Has Air Traffic Control and a clearance is required to enter.

Class D

IFR and VFR flights are permitted and all flights are provided with air traffic control service. 

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