Auckland Airport Invests in $3.9 Billion Terminal Integration

Auckland Airport (AKL) has confirmed plans to carry out a 3.9 billion NZD terminal integration programme, marking the airport’s largest redevelopment since it opened in 1966.

This programme will construct a new domestic terminal that will be fully integrated into AKL’s existing international terminal via an extension at its eastern end.

Auckland Airport
Auckland Airport’s existing international terminal
Patrick Strange, Auckland Airport’s Chair, said:

“This is a major investment for Auckland Airport, one which we have been working towards for many years. The domestic terminal is almost 60 years old and needs replacing. It’s nearing capacity and it’s no longer fit for purpose and hasn’t been for some time. If it wasn’t for the pandemic, we would already be well underway with its replacement.”

Auckland Airport has been consulting on the terminal integration programme since May 2011 and has developed 21 concept designs in collaboration with its major airlines.

Following the COVID-19 pandemic, the Auckland Airport Board has now reaffirmed its commitment to the integration of domestic and international travel, allowing the project to move into the final stages of design.

Carrie Hurihanganui, Auckland Airport’s Chief Executive said:

“This is all about building the gateway Auckland and New Zealand need. A new domestic terminal integrated into the international terminal will make Auckland Airport fit for the future, providing a much-improved experience for travellers – something they’ve clearly and repeatedly told us they want.

“They’re asking for a domestic facility that offers modern spaces, efficient passenger processing areas, improved bathroom facilities and faster baggage systems, as well as better connections between domestic and international travel and via public transport and the city.

“In short, renovations just won’t cut it anymore.”

The combined terminal is expected to open between 2028 and 2029 and will add floor space and modernised facilities across two levels.

In addition to improving the passenger experience, this new facility will allow for larger more efficient jet aircraft to operate on domestic flights, and will enable AKL to carry out key upgrades on the airfield.

Hurihanganui added:

“It will make travel easier and faster, cutting domestic jet to international transfer times to a five-minute indoor walk. A new check-in experience will provide state-of-the-art facilities for both domestic and international travellers, including the ability to check in and store your bag at any time throughout the day.

“Smart baggage systems will save time and reduce stress at either end of a flight. There will be faster links to public transport via the new Transport Hub we are building on the doorstop of the international terminal. We will also provide new gates and other facilities to help airlines smooth and speed-up turn-around times.”

Furthermore, the new integrated terminal will prioritise sustainable operations, For example, ground power units (GPUs) will be installed at each gate to supply power to aircraft and help reduce unnecessary aircraft fuel use.

The upgraded airfield will also provide charging facilities for electric ground handling vehicles and equipment.

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