Getting to, from and around the airport

The strong and ongoing growth of Auckland continues to put additional pressure on the city’s transport infrastructure, including around Auckland Airport. The number of trips to and from the airport is expected to increase from 86,000 per day in 2017, to more than 180,000 per day in 2044. Currently, the majority of these trips are in private cars.

Given the importance of air connectivity for New Zealand’s travel, trade and tourism sectors, improving land transport access to and from Auckland Airport must remain a priority for central and local government transport agencies.

The opening of the Waterview Connection in July 2017 has significantly improved travel times to and from the airport. The upgrade of the State Highway 20A/Kirkbride Road intersection should further improve travel times to and from the airport.

Auckland Airport continues to advocate for additional transport improvements for journeys to and from the airport, in particular an upgrade to State Highway 20B/Puhinui Road and improved public transport services. We are working closely with the New Zealand Transport Agency and Auckland Transport to advance both short and longer-term transport solutions for South Auckland and the airport precinct.

To improve travel times around the airport, Auckland Airport has fast-tracked a number of planned roading and transport upgrades on our own network. We have:

  • upgraded the Puhinui Road roundabout to help improve the eastern access to the airport from State Highway 20B/Puhinui Road
  • added more car parks to our Park&Ride facility to remove staff traffic from the inner airport roads
  • upgraded the traffic light phasing and lane configurations at the airport’s George Bolt Memorial Drive and Tom Pearce Drive intersection to improve traffic flows
  • updated the lane configurations at the airport’s George Bolt Memorial Drive and Laurence Stevens Drive roundabout to improve traffic flows
  • developed new traffic management plans for use when the airport roading network is particularly busy.

We have also announced four transport projects as part of our longer term plan to improve travel around the airport between 2017 and 2020:

  • upgrading Nixon Road by October 2017 to provide a new route to Auckland Airport’s Park&Ride on Verissimo Drive without the need for drivers to use the main intersection that connects the domestic and international terminals at Tom Pearce Drive and George Bolt Memorial Drive
  • improving traffic flows and improving public transport access to the domestic terminal by Christmas 2017 through the provision of more space for buses on the terminal forecourt and a new and separate access road for taxis and buses
  • construction of an iconic new gateway bridge over George Bolt Memorial Drive for pedestrians and cyclists to connect “the Quad” hotel and commercial precinct with the airport terminals and take cars off the main road network
  • implementing a transit lane system across the airport precinct between December 2017 and 2020 for buses and high occupancy vehicles.

These new transport projects will help improve traffic flows and travel times around the airport, and help our transport network accommodate the increasing number of buses that will travel to and from the airport in the future.

Our new gateway bridge will be a spectacular sight as you enter and leave Auckland Airport to the north towards the city. Designed by architects Warren and Mahoney, the suspension bridge will feature a 40 metre high concrete mast that is inspired by the form of a huia feather with a white light tipped column and Māori motifs. It will be an urban beacon and precinct marker that will be visible across the airport, both during the day and at night. The bridge will also significantly improve the walking and cycling experience between our commercial precinct and the terminals.

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