Work gets underway on Queenstown Airport expansion

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Project Pathway, a two-year multimillion-dollar expansion program has broken ground at Queenstown Airport, New Zealand.

The project will increase terminal capacity and related infrastructure to cater for expected growth for the foreseeable future. It aims to enhance the park-to-airplane experience by improving customer flow throughout the airport with a combination of technological and infrastructure improvements.

Pathway will focus on delivering enhancements to six areas of the terminal and related infrastructure over the next two years: the border agency space management area; customer check-in; security screening; domestic gate lounges; the commercial transfer area and baggage make-up unit. When complete, the airport will be able to cater for approximately 2.8 million passengers annually.

Colin Keel, chief executive, Queenstown Airport, said, “While we continue to work on unlocking the constraints to long-term growth as part of the 30-year masterplan for Queenstown Airport, we remain committed to ensuring the most memorable airport experience we can for our customers, day in and day out.

A major component of the project includes the construction of a versatile ‘swing lounge’, which will enable the domestic departures area to be expanded into the international departure lounge and vice versa, depending on capacity requirements.

“The new swing lounge will allow us to adapt to the shifting demands of domestic and international passengers throughout the day,” added Keel. “We would like to thank our customers and the airport community in advance for their understanding and cooperation as we embark on this important program of works to enhance the airport environment.”


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