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June 9, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Auckland Airport has announced plans to spend NZD 1.8 billion (AUD 1.71 billion) on expanding and upgrading infrastructure, as New Zealand’s tourism boom continues and passenger numbers at the airport soar towards 18.7 million this year.

Auckland Airport chief executive, Adrian Littlewood, said the decision followed a 17-month consultation process with airlines and key airport users.

He said key infrastructure projects planned at Auckland Airport between 2018 and 2022 includes:

  • Expanding and upgrading the international departure experience.
  • Providing three more contact gates for international aircraft, such as the A380 and B787.
  • Building a new domestic jet terminal joined onto the existing international terminal.
  • Improving the international arrival experience by expanding the border processing area and public arrivals space.
  • Upgrading the international check-in area.
  • Investing in public transport, roading and walking projects.

“As a result of this significant investment in infrastructure over the next five years, there will be better and faster passenger journeys through and around our airport,” Littlewood said.

“The experience within the terminals will be more intuitive and relaxing, and transferring between domestic jet and international flights will be faster and more efficient.”

“For the next five years, in real terms, our average international passenger charges will reduce by 1.7% each year and domestic passenger charges will only increase by 0.8% per annum. Given the scale of the planned investment this is a great outcome for travellers.”

“Setting aeronautical prices for a five-year period is a complex process involving a range of specific charges. We believe that the prices we have announced today balance different views and are in the best interests of travellers and New Zealand.”

A runway landing charge of NZD 1.19 (excluding GST) per passenger will be applied from the start of the 2021 financial year once construction of the second runway has been confirmed.

Written by Peter Needham

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