The airport of the future

Our airport of the future will be a world-class, yet uniquely New Zealand airport. It will be built in stages and will feature a combined domestic and international terminal and a second runway. It will deliver better and faster passenger journeys through and around the airport. The experience within the terminals will be more intuitive and relaxing, and transferring between domestic jet and international flights will be faster and more efficient.

Our airport of the future will also be a thriving hub for travel and business, and it will continue to contribute to the socio-economic health of our surrounding communities, the region and the whole of New Zealand.

Our airport of the future will ensure that Auckland Airport can continue to connect Auckland to New Zealand, and New Zealand to the world.

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In 2014 we published our 30 year vision, stepping through were we where and where we wanted to be in 30 years time.

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Terminal and surroundings

We are currently carrying out an extensive upgrade and expansion of our international terminal, creating a new world-class departure experience and adding two new contact gates capable of welcoming the world’s largest passenger aircraft.

Following these upgrades, the international terminal will provide the anchor for the integration of a domestic jet terminal to create a combined international and domestic airport. Supporting works will include expanding the international border processing area and public arrivals space, upgrading the international check-in area, as well as significant airfield works. We will also build new hotels for passengers and invest in public transport, roads and walking access around the airport.

Ultimately the entire forecourt concourse will be transformed, integrating multi-storey carpark buildings with an extensively landscaped plaza designed to provide a memorable and uniquely New Zealand sense of arrival and departure from our country.

A second runway

We initially applied for and were given permission to build a second runway in 2002. However, changes in aircraft size and the number of flights over the last decade have meant that we will safely be able to operate with just the single runway until 2028.

When we do build it, our second runway will be located to the north of the new combined domestic and international terminal, running parallel to the existing runway. At over two kilometres in length, it will primarily support aircraft such as the Airbus A320 and the Boeing 777 and 787. It will also create greater operational resilience for Auckland Airport should our southern runway be closed at any time.

The second runway will need to be about 70 metres further to the north than we had originally planned, to allow more space between the runways for the efficient movement and parking of larger aircraft around the terminal.

Recognising the importance of a second runway to both Auckland and New Zealand’s long-term prosperity, Auckland Airport was an active participant in Auckland Council’s Unitary Plan process.

Meeting future aviation needs

The design of our airport of the future features four piers and two runways. The airfield layout will enable planes to get to and from the terminal quickly with an enhanced ability to turn flights around.

Providing for domestic arrivals and departures at the southern end of the terminal will enable a fast turnaround for domestic flights. This is particularly important for shorter domestic flights.

Additional aviation support buildings will be developed at the airport, including new cargo and aircraft maintenance facilities. There will also be a new centrally-located airport emergency service facility for rescue and firefighting requirements.

Our planned airfield enhancements will give us a resilient airport that can accommodate growth in passenger and flight numbers and provide long-term capacity for both the terminal and runway system. Collectively these will result in better airport operations and efficiencies for airlines and their passengers.

Transport to and from the airport

Our transport vision is to reduce congestion, improve travel times and both minimize and mitigate the impact of travel on the environment.

We forecast the number of daily trips to and from the airport will increase from 86,000 today to more than 180,000 in 2044. The majority of these trips today are made in private cars. To reduce congestion, the balance between private car use and other modes of transport will need to change.

As we build our airport of the future, we will continue to cater for a wide range of transport modes to provide Aucklanders and visitors with greater choice and flexibility. Some changes we can make ourselves, while others will see us work closely with local and central government’s transport agencies to implement them.

Within the airport precinct, we will be improving the efficiency of our own transport network with better public transport and parking facilities, improved pedestrian and cycle access and a better roading network in and around the airport. We are also working hard with Auckland Transport and the New Zealand Transport Agency to secure better public transport services to the airport and to increase the capacity of the motorways to and from the airport.

We have protected land for a rapid transit network connection to the airport and allowed for a station at the terminal. We have designed space for an additional express bus service, and will create extra bus lanes and improved facilities for local buses and shuttles.

Working and doing business around the airport

The wider airport precinct is now home to a world class business park and office hub, both of which are supported by unrivalled recreational amenities.

Set within an extensively landscaped environment and catering to the logistics, technology, and light industrial sectors, The Landing is New Zealand’s leading business park. Closer to the airport terminal, The Quad is a comprehensively planned, pedestrian friendly, low rise office campus, featuring award-winning architecture.

The Landing and The Quad benefit from immediate proximity not only to New Zealand’s major airport, but facilities including a mountain bike trail, marae, walking trails, outdoor art gallery, football field and the historic Abbeville Estate function centre.

Businesses around the airport employ over 20,000 staff, which is more than the entire workforce of Newmarket. By 2044 we expect there to be close to 50,000 people working around the airport precinct.

Building the airport of the future

Building the airport of the future

We are currently investing $1 million every working day in upgrading and expanding the airport.

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