Auckland International Airport in New Zealand plans to begin enabling works next month for the Auckland Airport Transport Hub, which will be built in front of the international terminal.

The project entails an investment of more than $187m (NZD300m) and is expected to transform the way passengers arrive and depart from the main airport terminal.

It will also serve as a major step in the delivery of the future combined domestic and international terminal.

Auckland International Airport CEO Carrie Hurihanganui said: “At Auckland Airport we are starting a new chapter of infrastructure investment that is all about building a better future for travellers from the moment they step foot on our precinct.

“With every project, we are focused on providing a high-quality customer experience that equals some of the best airports in the world. Easy and intuitive journeys are an important part of this and we’re excited about the benefits that the Transport Hub will bring.

“It will place existing and future public transport at the heart of Auckland Airport and create a seamless arrival and departure experience for passengers, with a direct connection to the combined international and domestic terminal.”

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The Transport Hub will be a four-storey structure built on the footprint of the main international carpark. It has been designed to facilitate traffic movements through its ground floor.

This floor has the capacity to accommodate buses as well as cars, while the upper floors will have smart car park areas, electric vehicle charging stations and office spaces.

The new combined domestic and international terminal will feature a super-smart baggage handling system.

The airport has advanced design work for an entirely new baggage handling process and will now introduce its Individual Carrier System (ICS), an automated solution that utilises real-time data to track baggage as it journeys around the back-of-house airport infrastructure.

Hurihanganui added: “This is an exciting development that we have been planning for many years, and one that will transform the experience for customers entering and leaving the combined domestic and international terminal, making the process much easier and faster.”

She called these projects ‘stepping stones’ towards the new combined domestic and international terminal, a $624m (more than NZD1bn) project on which major construction work is yet to commence.

The entire transformation project is anticipated to be completed five years after the start of major works.