Wellington International Airport in New Zealand has revealed its 2040 masterplan detailing plans to accommodate traffic growth over the next two decades.
The proposed plan includes terminal expansion, runway and taxiway system enhancement and the construction of freight facilities, additional parking stands and a modern fire station.
It also includes the introduction of quick transport from Wellington city centre.
According to the 2040 masterplan, the airport will construct a multi-purpose domestic and international jet terminal.
The surrounding apron and at-grade car parking areas, which are located south of the existing terminal, will be refurbished for aircraft use.
The northern side of the terminal will be used for domestic flights.
Wellington Airport CEO Steve Sanderson stated that the airport covers an area of 110 hectares, which is extremely small compared to Auckland Airport’s 1,500 hectares and Christchurch Airport’s 750 hectares.
He added: “The recent terminal expansion has done well to keep pace with domestic growth but the international facilities are already facing congestion at peak times. The availability of gates is constrained during busy periods and busing of regional passengers is often required.
“The forecast growth will mean demand will exceed existing capacity and we need additional land to accommodate the airport’s operations and the new generation of aircraft that are carrying increasing numbers of passengers more efficiently.”
In the next 20 years, the airport’s economic contribution will reportedly increase to NZ$4.3bn from NZ$2.3bn and will facilitate around 22,000 jobs.
The airport revealed additional plans to buy the Miramar South School site land and half of Miramar Golf Course to create additional area for further aircraft stands, taxiways and aprons.
By 2040, Wellington International Airport expects passenger numbers to double and commercial aircraft movements to increase by 25%.
It is looking at reducing its carbon emissions by 30% over the next ten years.