Auckland International Airport Ltd has started the first phase of its new combined domestic & international terminal, groundworks to extend its international baggage hall.
The 90m extension, increasing the international baggage hall floor area by about 2500m², is one of several construction projects in this phase. It will cost $8.4 million and is scheduled for completion by 30 November.
Auckland Airport chief executive Adrian Littlewood said today the airport needed a sixth baggage belt in the international baggage hall before the 2014 summer peak travel season, with capacity to handle the luggage from an A380 flight. He expects further passenger growth will mean a seventh baggage belt will be required soon after.
The airport company’s 30-year vision, announced in March, includes building the combined terminal and building a second runway by about 2025, with a possible 890m extension in 30-50 years. The company estimates the number of passengers using the airport will almost treble from 14.5 million in 2013 to 40 million in 2044, and the number of flights will almost double, from 150,000 to 260,000.
Attribution: Company release.