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Expansion work begins at Queenstown Airport

written by australianaviation.com.au | October 22, 2014

An artist's impression of the new Queenstown terminal. (Queenstown Airport)
An artist’s impression of the new Queenstown terminal. (Queenstown Airport)

As the ski season ends and summer approaches, work has begun on Queenstown Airport’s new international terminal.

The project is expected to increase terminal space at the airport’s southern end by a third, adding 4,080 square metres of extra floor space and allowing Queenstown to double its international operations.

The outer shell was expected to be finished in June 2015, while the interior will be completed in three stages.

The first stage, featuring a new international arrivals area and departure lounges, as well as a new customs facility among other amenities, was due to be completed in time for winter 2015.

“The changes will allow the airport to process up to 1,000 passengers per hour compared to the current 480,” Queenstown Airport said in a statement.


Queenstown Airport Corporation chief executive Scott Paterson said the extra space would help cater for strong international demand for visitors to the popular New Zealand tourist spot.

“Our airlines are supportive of the scale of the new build which will give us the flexibility to move into the space when triggered by demand,” Paterson said.

Stage two involved reconfiguring the terminal space to improve passenger flows in the arrivals area, while stage three would focus on building a new mezzanine floor for potentially more passenger gates and lounges.

In May, Queenstown Airport was given provisional approval by the NZ CAA to start night operations.

Qantas’s low-cost subsidiary Jetstar is launching a new Gold Coast-Queenstown service, which will operate three days a week, in December.

The airport is featured in the October edition of Australian Aviation magazine.

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Comments (2)

  • Andy


    Can Air New Zealand land the 787 there yet ? In years to come the A-38ure0 Queenstown is a goldmine for adventure, with so much to offer, and with such amazing scenery, it is one of the “wonders of world”
    There nothing better than sitting on the beech at Franktown and watching the airplanes land, seeing the Earnslaw in the distance puffing smoke, as the speed boats dart about, and being surrounded by such an amazing moutain range, with such rainbow of color’s with clear mountain air filling your lungs, and essance of nature encompassing you with such grandeur,
    Queenstown diffinately the place to be, a few days is never long enough.

  • David


    Runway would be to short I would think and they can’t really extend anymore. I luv ZQN too

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