New Zealand’s Nelson Airport has opened the first phase of its terminal redevelopment project, increasing the airport’s capacity to 1.4 million passengers a year.
The terminal is part of a wider NZ$32m (US$20.6m) project aimed at enhancing the customer experience, with more space for seating, improved airline lounges, better toilets, more retail and increased parking space.
Commenting on the project, airport CEO Rob Evans said, “This is a very exciting step in the evolution of Nelson Airport and its role as the gateway to our region. We’ve used the latest industry best practice techniques to determine how this facility works for passengers and its operators, and as a result have created a plan that will see every element of the airport design improved.”
The new terminal includes locally sourced timber products, floor-to-ceiling windows, a spacious open-plan style and a unique roof design that reflects the beauty of the region.
“Functionally we will increase car parking by 300 spaces to cater for 900 vehicles and create more room for taxis, buses and rental cars. We’ll have a much more intuitive layout for passengers with an increased check-in area and departure lounge, new retail space, double the number of toilets and more food and beverage offerings,” Evans added.
The terminal redevelopment project will be completed by October 2019 and has been designed by Studio Pacific Architecture.