Airways Tower at Christchurch

The new air traffic control tower – known as Airways Tower – has begun to take shape at Christchurch International Airport. The first pre-cast structures were recently lowered into place, and the tower, built by Hawkins Construction and due to be completed in 2009, will stand 148ft (45m) high, becoming a significant landmark at the facility.
It is part of the latest programme of work in a NZ$195 million project intended to update the airport to meet the demand of the increasing passenger numbers travelling to and from it. The work, started in 2006, includes an integrated domestic and international terminal, with a large domestic passenger departure and arrival lounge complete with enhanced retail, food and drink outlets and views over the Southern Alps.
Included in the upgrade is a larger baggage claim hall and customs area, multi-storey car parking, and airside, the provision of three ’swing gates’ to allow the air bridges to be used by either international or domestic passengers. All the construction work at the airport is due to be complete by 2012.