New Zealand's Auckland Airport revealed (29-Mar-2014) it plans to construct a new combined international and domestic terminal to meet passenger traffic growth of 40 million by 2044. The airport stated the new infrastructure will feature an underground train station, new car park and terminal plaza. Domestic and international services will be segregated at either end of the crescent-shaped terminal. A new traffic control tower will be constructed to manage both international and domestic services at the terminal. The airport stated the terminal construction is projected for completion by 2019. The airport also said it would construct a northern runway by approximately 2025 to cater for larger aircraft and predicted growth in passenger and cargo traffic. The second runway will run parallel to the existing runway, and have an operational length of up to 2150 metres. It will be built entirely on airport-owned land and without the need for any reclamation. The second runway was originally approved 12 years ago but was not built after demand fell during the global financial crisis. [more - original PR - Terminal] [more - original PR - Runway]
Auckland Airport to construct new combined terminal by 2019, second runway
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