02 September 2010
Construction of the northern runway will remain on hold after consultation with the airline industry and a review of capacity management found that Auckland Airport can handle expected growth for a few more years.
Instead, the airport will work more effectively with what it has.
So although plans for a centralised domestic and international terminal served by two runways, surrounded by a business district, and well connected with the city, is still central to Auckland Airport’s long-term vision – it will just take a little longer to complete.
All future construction will be driven by capacity and demand constraints on existing infrastructure.
When work does restart on the northern runway, it will be completed in several stages.
The first stage will cater for smaller aircraft operations; a second stage will involve lengthening to allow jet operations and the final stage will be to the maximum length of 2,150 meters.