The Airport over the last two months have made their plans for what they call Auckland’s Airport of the Future more concrete.
The AIAL Masterplan is a few years old so let’s first start with a refresh/recap as it is quite interesting.
In 2014 AIAL released their master plan for the next 30 years, in it included:
- A combined International/Domestic Terminal, increasing Aircraft Parking from 56 to 94 spaces, a new Air Traffic Control Tower as well as a new terminal plaza with shops & hotels by 2022. Auckland Airport believes they can delay the need for a second runway until the late 2020s-2030 with these upgrades.
- A new 2150m long Northern Runway by 2030.
- Northern Runway extension of 890m which will require tunnelling SH20A as well as the future RTN, as well as more Aircraft Parking potentially by 2044.
The new plan also included plans for the Airport to be integrated with an RTN, and the development of over 308 hectares in the land around the Airport known as the District which along with the Airport will result in approx 27000 more jobs on top of the current 20000 jobs around the Airport.
Auckland Airport is predicting that
- By 2030 carry 10000 long haul passengers per day.
- That daily trips will increase from 63000 to 140,000 by 2044.
- Move from 14 million passengers a year & 420+ flight movements per day to 40 million passengers a year & 775+ flight movements per day.
Transport will be improved by:
- A new road network that will separate visitor, commercial & staff traffic.
- Provision for a future RTN Station.
- 20000 Parking Spaces.
- A boulevard for pedestrians/cyclists connecting the Airport & the District.
In June this year, the Airport renewed their commitment to the Airport of the Future Plan. Noting since 2014 passengers have grown 26% while at the same time the number of international airlines has grown significantly, with a 61% increase in just 22 months. In response, Auckland Airport has announced they will invest $1.8b in CAPEX by 2022 with key projects being
- Upgrading the international departure area;
- 3 new gates for international aircraft increasing capacity;
- New domestic jet terminal joined onto the existing international terminal meaning Auckland finally will have a combined terminal;
- Improving border processing area and public arrivals space;
- Upgrading the check-in area; and
- Investments in public transport, roading and walking projects.
The Airport has also reconfirmed its intention of building the second runway by 2028 with works potentially starting in 2020-2021 introducing a runway land charge of $1.19 per passenger when the actual build is confirmed. $202m has been committed for the preliminary works & planning over the next few years.
The Airport also now wishes the second runway to be built 72m north & to the full length about 890m longer from the beginning allowing it to be used for all international aircraft except the A380 Superjumbos, rather than just domestic flights as first intended, however, the new northern runway still intends to have an overnight curfew. The extended runway will mean that George Bolt Memorial & the future Mass Transit will need to be put into a cut & cover tunnel under the new runway. However, the latter was already planned to be built so ready and thus already future proofed for any runway extension.
So what do you think of the Airport of the Future?
Please, no LRT vs HR vs Bus on this one plenty other posts you can make those arguments on.