Auckland airport upgrades domestic terminal

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Auckland airport has commenced the second phase of a New Zealand dollar (NZ$) 29 million ($23.4 million) upgrade programme for its domestic terminal that it says will help to ease growth pressures and enhance passenger experience.

The upgrades include a number of reconfigurations to the terminal's interior that will allow for larger gate lounges, larger baggage belts and more space in the security screening area. In addition, the airport will modify the apron to move aircraft parking bays further south to expand the space available in those parking bays.

The airport expects the programme to be completed in June 2014, and follows an earlier upgrade to the forecourt area of the terminal.

"It will improve our domestic terminal's ability to cater for the increasing number of larger aircraft, and will reduce the congestion currently experienced in several parts of the terminal," says Auckland airport's acting general manager airport development and delivery Peter Alexander. "It will also ensure that we can efficiently and effectively process passengers while a long term solution is worked on for the domestic terminal."

Auckland has experienced strong growth in domestic passenger traffic as Air New Zealand and Jetstar Airways have continued to add services from the airport. The airport recorded a 5.6% growth in domestic passengers for June this year.