Run­way pro­posal adds noise

Nelson Mail - - BUSINESS - JULIE ILES

Auck­land Air­port’s plans to build a sec­ond run­way will mean more noise for Man­gere, Flat Bush and Otara res­i­dents.

The sec­ond run­way will be lo­cated north of the new com­bined do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional ter­mi­nal run­ning along­side the air­port’s ex­ist­ing run­way.

Auck­land Air­port ex­pects the sec­ond run­way to be op­er­a­tional by 2028, when the cur­rent south­ern run­way will reach ca­pac­ity.

The project has been on the hori­zon for years. Con­sent was first ap­proved for a sec­ond run­way in 2002, but Auck­land Air­port in­tends to build a run­way fur­ther north and 833 me­tres longer than what was con­sented.

The pro­posed changes mean an ad­di­tional 475 res­i­dents will be af­fected by the in­creased noise, bring­ing the to­tal in the sur­round­ing area to over 500.

Auck­land Air­port put out an in­ter­ac­tive map for nearby res­i­dents to see how they would be af­fected by the build.

The com­pany has lodged two no­tice of re­quire­ment ap­pli­ca­tions with the Auck­land Coun­cil, one to ex­tend the con­sented length of the run­way and the other to make changes to the air­port’s ‘‘ob­sta­cle lim­i­ta­tion sur­faces’’, which re­stricts the max­i­mum height of build­ings and trees in an airspace.

The air­port has long planned a sec­ond run­way to cope with an ex­pected dou­bling of vis­i­tors over the next 25 years.

Pas­sen­ger num­bers are fore­cast to reach 40 mil­lion a year by 2044, up from 19 mil­lion now.

While the cost of the new run­way has not been fi­nalised, $202 mil­lion has been set aside for the first five years.

Pas­sen­ger fees will be raised by $1.29 (ex­clud­ing GST) from 2021 to fund the project.

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