Auckland Airport is to invest NZ$1.8bn (US$1.3bn) in its aeronautical infrastructure by 2022, transforming the site.
Some of the key infrastructure projects planned for delivery between 2018 and 2022 include: 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; and investments in public transport, roading and walking projects.
Adrian Littlewood, Auckland Airport’s chief executive, said, “In the 50 years since Auckland Airport opened, how New Zealanders travel and where we travel to has changed significantly. At the same time, Auckland’s airport has evolved and grown from only several hundred thousand passengers in 1966 to over 18.7 million this year.
“At Auckland Airport, we are responding to that growth by currently investing over NZ$1m (US$719,600) in aeronautical infrastructure every working day. To continue the transformation of our airport, today we are announcing a plan to invest around NZ$1.8bn in aeronautical infrastructure by 2022.
“Today’s announcement is the result of a 17-month consultation with airlines and the airport community on the form and function of our future aeronautical infrastructure. It is also the result of a parallel year-long consultation process with airlines on investment plans, operations and pricing.”