Wellington Airport’s new NZ$58 million terminal extension was officially opened by New Zealand’s Prime Minister, The Rt. Honourable John Key, on November 9.
The main terminal building and apron has been extended by an additional 64,583sq ft (6,000m²) and includes more parking spaces for aircraft, improved passenger facilities, a centralised screening point and easier movement for travellers throughout the terminal.
“The extension can now cater for up to 1,500 passengers we see during the busy hour each day,” said Wellington Airport CEO Steve Sanderson.
“Passenger numbers are up by 5.6% with a record five million domestic passengers travelling through the airport in the past 12 months.
“We undertook considerable planning and worked with our airline partners, the airport community and stakeholders to ensure the extension is future proof and consistent with the existing terminal and long term expansion proposals.”
Wellington City Deputy Mayor, Paul Eagle, said: “Wellington Airport is a great partner to the city in supporting events and promoting the capital and the domestic extension provides a great first and last impression for those visiting the city.”
“Wellington Airport prides itself on providing an open space of natural light with the freedom to move around and expansive views,” said Mr Sanderson.
He added: “We like to push the boundaries to provide travellers with an interesting and unique experience,” noting that the architects: “have certainly delivered this and more in the design of the domestic development.”
Construction of the extension began in late 2014 and was completed at the end of October 2016.
Work is currently underway on a new multi-level car parking building and construction tenders are also out on the four-star hotel at the airport. The 134-bed hotel, built onto the northern end of the terminal and one of the few truly integrated airport hotels in the world, will include a restaurant, bar and conference facilities.
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