NZ Airport Opens New Terminal

28 October 2010 (Last Updated October 28th, 2010 18:30)

Wellington International Airport in New Zealand has opened a new international terminal, called "The Rock", to increase traffic capacity before the Rugby World Cup in 2011. The new NZ$39m ($29m) terminal, which looks akin to a pair of pumpkins because of its shape and copper plating, is

Wellington International Airport in New Zealand has opened a new international terminal, called "The Rock", to increase traffic capacity before the Rugby World Cup in 2011.

The new NZ$39m ($29m) terminal, which looks akin to a pair of pumpkins because of its shape and copper plating, is the final stage of a NZ$60m ($45m) development programme that began in 2006.

Wellington International Airport chief executive Steve Fitzgerald said the new building will allow the airport to handle 1,000 international passengers an hour instead of the current 500.

Designed by Wellington-based design firm Studio Pacific Architecture, the terminal unites three existing structures and is encased in 1,600m² of copper sheet.

Fitzgerald said traffic at the airport is expected to grow at an average rate of 3.4% a year to 1,000 passengers an hour by 2030, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.