Second runway

We have long-anticipated the need for a second runway with consent first approved 16 years ago.

Auckland Airport has long-anticipated the need for a second runway with consent first approved in 2002.

In the 50 years since Auckland Airport opened, the airport has evolved and grown from only several hundred thousand passengers in 1966 to over 19 million in 2017. By 2044 we predict passenger numbers to increase to 40 million per year.

The second runway will be located to the north of the new combined domestic and international terminal and will run parallel with the existing southern runway. Building the second runway will support New Zealand’s trade and tourism growth and provide greater operational resilience should one of the runways need to be closed at any time. By maximising the use of the existing southern runway, we expect the second runway to be operational by 2028.

To cater for the predicted growth in passenger numbers and the aircraft that will be needed to cater for the growth, we now need the runway to be 72 metres further north than what was consented in 2002. We also need to extend the length from 2,150 metres to 2,983 metres to support planes such as A380, B777 and B787.

Auckland Airport has now lodged two Notice of Requirement applications with Auckland Council to make these changes and the changes that will be needed to the airport’s Obstacle Limitation Surfaces (OLS). The OLS sets restrictions on the maximum height of obstacles (i.e. buildings, trees) in the airspace surrounding Auckland Airport to ensure that aircraft can safely manoeuvre at a low altitude.

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Second runway FAQ's

Obstacle Limitation Surfaces Map

This Map outlines the proposed changes to the Obstacle Limitation Surface that may apply to your property.

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Managing aircraft noise

Auckland Airport partners with airlines, government agencies and the community to ensure how we manage aircraft noise reflects international best practice.

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Auckland Airport continues to advocate for additional transport improvements for journeys to and from the airport.

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