The current site of the airport at Mangere was first used as an airfield by the Auckland Aero Club. In 1928, the club leased some land from a dairy farmer to accommodate the club's three Gipsy Moths. The club president noted at the time that the site "has many advantages of vital importance for an aerodrome and training ground. It has good approaches, is well drained and is free from power lines, buildings and fogs."
Mangere airfield became the official Auckland airport in 1937.
A new international terminal, named after Jean Batten, was completed in 1977. The airport processes 8.8 million passengers each a year. In the last week of November 2003, the airport processed 129,222 international passengers - the highest weekly amount in their history.
There have been only two fatal accidents on or near the airport:
Airlines currently serving Auckland International Airport