Wellington Airport terminal extension underway

Wellington Airport has commenced the NZ$58m, 6000sqm extension of its main terminal building and apron.

Giant Gollum sculpture in Wellington Airport.
When the main terminal was opened in 1999 around 9,500 passengers went through the airport each day. That has increased to 15,000 on average with busy days reaching up to 20,000.
Steve Sanderson, chief executive of Wellington Airport, says the extension to the terminal and apron will provide a ‘refreshing, open space’ with easy movement throughout the terminal, clear signs and a centralised screening point for all passengers. ‘It will be a very comfortable place to welcome and farewell visitors, family and friends. The airport has appointed Hawkins as the main contractor for the extension, which will take around one and a half years to complete.
The extension will add another 30 metres to the terminal building, double the width of both southern piers, provide extra gate lounge space, new retail and food and beverage offerings, double the number of toilets and more parking spaces for aircraft.
Floor to ceiling windows and laminated timber cross-braces will span the full length of the southwest pier. This strong architectural feature will enhance one of the key features of the airport being a hub of natural light with views over the runway and Lyall Bay.
The extension to the main terminal will initially cater for 5.5m passengers that arrive and depart Wellington each year, including 750,000 flying internationally. 
Total passenger numbers are forecast to increase by around 135,000 per year. Over the next five years the international market is forecast to rise by nearly 30% and the domestic market by 10%.