Auckland Airport says it has reached a key construction milestone with the formal completion of the international terminal’s Pier B extension. The task is part of the airport’s 30-year vision to build for the future.
The 623ft (190m) 131,750 sq ft (12,240m²) extension effectively doubles the capacity of Pier B by providing two additional gate lounges and four airbridges enabling it to accommodate four A380 aircraft or eight smaller aircraft at the same time.
Auckland Airport general manager airport development and delivery André Lovatt commented: “It’s extremely pleasing to have Gates 17 and 18 fully operational to assist with the growing number of passengers and aircraft using Auckland Airport. The Pier B extension is a modern and open space that will leave travellers with a strong final impression of Auckland Airport and New Zealand. Late last year, we opened Gate 17 in time for our summer peak, well in advance of the projected timeline for completion, and Gate 18 has been fully operational since February 2018.
“We have also refurbished Gate 15 and 16 with new carpet and lounge seating that incorporate USB and power outlets for passengers and airline staff,” he said.