Global consulting firm GHD has been awarded a contract by the European Investment Bank, to offer technical assistance for the Cook Islands airport upgrades.
GHD was shortlisted from among seven international consultants, and has already completed projects in the Cook Islands, inclusing an airport feasibility study and a disaster risk management engineering infrastructure review.
The contract includes upgrading the airports on the islands of Rarotonga and Aitutaki, and is in line with the Cook Islands Government National Sustainable Development Plan 2011-2015.
GHD New Zealand aviation leader Tim Booth said: "Our previous experience in the Cook Islands demonstrates our appreciation for the culture, and our ability to effectively engage local stakeholders."
The entire project has been divided into four sections including the Rarotonga Airport runway and navigational aid study, terminal expansion study, feasibility study into the use of renewable energy, and the Cook Islands Airport Authority Strategic Plan and Rarotonga Airport Business Plan.
The project will concentrate to identify opportunities for the use of renewable energy, while improving the airport infrastructure.
GHD New Zealand general manager Barry Potter said: "This project will allow us to develop practical solutions so that the aviation facilities meet the growing needs of the community, now and into the future."
Rarotonga is the central airport of the Cook Islands,and manages over 100,000 visitors annually.
Image: GHD will assist in upgrading Cook Islands airport. Photo: courtesy of GHD.