Auckland International airport in New Zealand is planning to build a new NZ$300m ($231m) domestic terminal.Construction, which is expected to begin by the end of 2012, will be implemented in phases and take between five and ten years.
The new domestic terminal is expected to reduce the airport’s congestion and passenger waiting times, with the current terminal not able to handle expected rises in traffic.
Auckland Airport chief executive Simon Moutter said that travellers are experiencing space constraints at the current domestic terminal, which was built more than 45 years ago.
"These constraints will only worsen as growth continues and airlines continue to upgrade to larger aircraft," Moutter said.
"The modifications will patch-up the existing domestic terminal for a few more years while we finalise our longer-term plans for a new terminal."
In the interim, the airport will invest $28m over the next 18 months to modernise the existing terminal, including baggage processing, traffic flows, and forecourt and terminal space enhancements.
Auckland airport has increased its domestic passenger fees to assist funding the modernisation of the terminal.
The airport is also planning to resume consultation for a second runway in northern side, which has been put on hold up to 2020.
Image: Construction on new domestic terminal at Auckland International airport is expected to begin, following the site selection to build the terminal. Photo: courtesy of Wangi.