Auckland airport opens new taxiway

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Auckland International Airport has opened a new taxiway aimed at reducing congestion and improving safety.

"In addition to reducing aircraft congestion and delays, Taxiway Lima will improve the safety of aircraft movements in times of low visibility," says Judy Nicholl, general manager aeronautical operations.

"It is also the first part of what will eventually be the network of taxiways serving the airport's [future] northern runway, and its construction greatly increases our ability to cater for future passenger and aircraft growth."

The taxiway took nine months to construct and cost NZ$15.5 million ($12 million). It is 650m (2,130ft) long and 60m wide. In the immediate term, it will mainly help improve access to the western side of the airport's international terminal.