Wellington Airport begins $58m terminal extension

11 November 2014 (Last Updated November 11th, 2014 18:30)

New Zealand’s Wellington Airport has started work on the $58m extension of its main terminal building and apron.

New Zealand’s Wellington Airport has started work on the $58m extension of its main terminal building and apron.

The terminal, which currently handles up to 20,000 people every day, will receive a 6,000m² extension.

With the extension, 30 metres will be added to the terminal building, which will help in doubling the width of both southern piers, provide extra gate lounge space, new retail and food and beverage offerings, double the number of toilets and offer more parking spaces for aircraft.

"The extension to the terminal and apron will ensure the Wellington region continues to provide a world-class, vibrant experience for an ever-growing number of travellers."

The south-west pier will sport floor-to-ceiling windows and laminated timber cross-braces, which will enhance infiltration of natural light inside the airport.

Wellington Airport CEO Steve Sanderson said: "The extension to the terminal and apron will ensure the Wellington region continues to provide a world-class, vibrant experience for an ever-growing number of travellers.

"The extension will provide a refreshing, open space with easy movement throughout the terminal, clear signs and a centralised screening point for all passengers. It will be a very comfortable place to welcome and farewell visitors, family and friends."

The extension will initially help the airport to serve 5.5 million passengers annually, including 750,000 international passengers. The airport further added that the total number of passengers would increase by around 135,000 every year.

The extension will be carried out by Hawkins and will take an estimated time of one and a half years to complete.

Hawkins CEO Geoff Hunt, said: "At Hawkins, our goal is to deliver high-quality projects that everyone involved can be proud of, while creating a great experience for our clients, and their communities throughout the project.

"This directly aligns with the airport’s vision to ensure that the passenger experience at Wellington Airport is the very best it can be."