The World’s First Fully Automated Airbridge Launches at Wellington Airport

(Photo: Wellington Airport)

Wellington Airport now has a fully automated airbridge docking system operational on one of its domestic gates and says it is the first airport in the world to use this technology.

The Intellidock system was created by Wellington-based company Airport Equipment. Once the aircraft has parked at its allocated gate, the sensor scans the aircraft door and automatically drives the bridge into position and locks into place.

According to Wellington Airport general manager of aeronautical operations Ayolt Wiertsema: “This new technology eliminates possible operator error and will speed up the arrivals process. It is fantastic that Wellington Airport is the first airport in the world using technology developed by a local supplier”.

“It requires a lot of work behind the scenes, as you’re essentially setting up the working model for others. This type of automated technology will become the new standard in airport operations around the world in the next ten years.”

The airport said the system was successfully trialled with Air New Zealand and is now part of the airline’s standard daily operations.

Mr Wiertsema added: “It will improve turnaround times and ultimately result in a better and faster experience for passengers.”

Wellington Airport plans to roll out the automated docking system into other gates later this year.