Proud milestone for Nelson Airport

Proud milestone for Nelson Airport

October 2018 was a big month for Nelson Airport, with a dawn ceremony followed several days later by the official opening of the airport’s new terminal. In fact, just the first stage of this $32 million redevelopment has been completed so far.
The new terminal is poised to grow by an additional 40 per cent, with the next stage due to be completed by October 2019.
Local iwi representatives blessed the new terminal on 5 October, with the ceremony also including the installation of a carved touchstone by the main arrival/departure gate.
On the day of the official opening – 9 October – the first few planeloads of arriving and departing passengers were presented with goodie bags of local products to celebrate the occasion.
More than one million passengers a year pass through this airport, the fifth busiest in New Zealand. The new terminal is designed to meet ongoing growth in passenger numbers.
Passengers are enjoying the extra space and new facilities, including new retail and hospitality, plus new toilets. The building boasts a
stunning design that showcases Nelson and its locally produced timber products.
“Air New Zealand is noticing that a lot more people began using the self-service kiosks as soon as we moved to the new terminal because it’s so much less cramped,” says Nelson Airport Chief Executive Rob Evans.
“People find the new terminal a lot more relaxing and they’re enjoying the additional retail and being able to browse local products at the Nelson Store.
“With higher ceilings, more open space and light, bigger boarding gates and walkways to the apron, the whole passenger experience is vastly improved.”
The transition to the new terminal proceeded very smoothly, with both Air New Zealand and Jetstar pleased with the seamless changeover.
A new control tower also opened in August 2018. The airport’s old terminal had its farewell on October 12 with a special send-off involving former airport and airline staff.

Proud milestone for Nelson Airport
Nelson expects a busy summer for tourism and ongoing growth in passenger numbers.

 
That building has since been demolished, with next stage piling underway ahead of installation of the sub-floor.
Once complete, the second redevelopment phase will provide all new check-in facilities and checkin areas, a new baggage system, additional retail, an Air New Zealand lounge and offices on a mezzanine floor.
The project ’s successful roll-out to date has been a collaborative process between the airport and other key players including Studio Pacific Architecture, project managers Aesculus, Nelson Pine, Naylor Love, engineers Dunning Thornton and local firm Gibbons Construction.
Led by Fulton Hogan, the airport’s car parking has also undergone a complete redevelopment. The number of carparks available has virtually doubled and a new road in and out of the terminal precinct has been constructed. New areas for rental cars, taxis and buses have been established, along with new parking equipment.
Nelson expects a busy summer for tourism and ongoing growth in passengers of around 5-6 per cent a year. At a conservative estimate, passengers are forecast to reach 1.4 million a year through Nelson Airport by 2035.
“We’re really proud of it all and of how we are creating a real sense of place that leaves people with a positive impression of this region.”
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