Auckland Airport has started the ground works to extend its international baggage hall, the first phase of the airport’s new combined domestic and international terminal.
The airport says the 90 metre extension will increase the international baggage hall floor area by approximately 2,500 square metres, and will be completed by November 30.
“We are committed to delivering on our 30-year vision for the ‘airport of the future’ and the expansion of our international baggage hall is the first step of many towards a new combined domestic and international terminal,” airport chief executive Adrian Littlewood said in a statement. “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.”
Auckland Airport announced its 30-year vision for the airport in March. It includes building the combined domestic and international terminal, and building a second runway by around 2025.