Work begins on Auckland’s combined terminal

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Work has begun on the first phase of Auckland International airport’s combined domestic and international terminal.

The construction work will create a 90m (295ft) extension, increasing the international baggage hall floor area by around 2,500m² (26,910ft²). It also expects to complete the work by 30 November, at a cost of NZ$8.4 million ($7.4 million), says the airport.

Construction of the extension is part of the airport’s 30-year plan, which includes building the combined domestic and international terminal, and building a second runway by 2025 with a possible 890m extension in 30 to 50 years’ time. Passenger numbers are also expected to almost treble from 14.5 million in 2013 to 40 million in 2044.

“An additional, sixth, baggage belt is required in the international baggage hall before the 2014 summer peak travel season and will have sufficient capacity to handle the luggage from an A380 flight. We also expect a seventh baggage belt will be required shortly thereafter due to further passenger growth,” adds the airport’s chief executive Adrian Littlewood.