Auckland Second Runway Delays Continue

19 July 2010 (Last Updated July 19th, 2010 18:30)

Auckland International Airport in New Zealand has delayed the construction of its new runway for a second time. Auckland airport chief executive Simon Moutter said the decision was taken following extensive consultation with the airline industry and a review of capacity management about

Auckland International Airport in New Zealand has delayed the construction of its new runway for a second time.

Auckland airport chief executive Simon Moutter said the decision was taken following extensive consultation with the airline industry and a review of capacity management about the existing runway.

The review said that the airport can defer significant capital expenditure by improving runway efficiency, saving the company up to NZD$12m ($9m).

"This latest delay means a significant cost saving for the company, as well as savings for passengers and customers who use the airport," Moutter said.

In late 2007, earthworks for the second runway began, but the work was suspended in August 2009 because of a fall in demand for air travel as a result of the global economic downturn.

Auckland Airport has invested NZD$18m ($12m) to build a second runway from a total project cost of nearly NZD$200m ($142m) and expects to complete the first stage of the project by spending an additional NZD$12m ($9m).