Pieces of airport history up for grabs

02 April 2012

solari arrivals board

Auckland Airport is giving members of the public the chance to own a part of aviation history via Trademe and it’s all for a good cause.

The Auckland Airport international terminal’s solari split flap flight information board – the type that flicks through the alphabet to find the right letter – has been split into more than 100 units for a variety of Trade Me auctions. The units, which include the flight status comments such as “CANCELLED”, airline names, groups of letters or numbers, are all available to the highest bidders on Trademe and the money raised will go to the Foundation for Youth Development (FYD).

The board was decommissioned after more than 30 years of service and it’s believed to be the last of its kind in New Zealand.

Each item is listed with a dollar reserve and the auctions will be live for two weeks starting April 17.

FYD is a charity that helps young people develop confidence and self-belief and create goals for the future.

To bid on any of the auctions go to www.trademe.co.nz and search for the Auckland Airport solari board.