Auckland International airport has reaffirmed its plans to have its second runway in service around 2025 to accommodate future passenger growth.
The new 2,150m runway will be built north of the new integrated terminal, and run in parallel to the existing runway. It will primarily cater to larger international aircraft, such as Boeing 777s and 787s.
The second runway project was approved 12 years ago but was delayed as the global financial crisis reduced passenger demand, the airport says.
Chief executive Adrian Littlewood says that the airport foresees that by 2044 it may need to extend the northern runway by about 890m in future to accommodate larger aircraft. As such, it has lodged applications seeking regulatory approval for the proposed extension.
“We’ve always planned well ahead and the timing and the shape of the second runway have evolved to reflect feedback from airlines about their needs and to meet the changing demands of new aircraft,” he adds.
In an interview with New Zealand media, Littlewood says that construction of the runway will be funded by debt, as part of its overall NZ$2.5 billion ($2.16 billion) 30 year expansion plan.
As well as the runway, the airport will build a new integrated terminal that will cater to both domestic and international flights. It recently issued a tender for the design of the terminal, and expects that the first phase will be built by 2019.
Auckland airport has forecast that passenger numbers through the airport will grow from 14.4 million in 2013 to over 40 million by 2044.