Airport to expand amid traveller boom
Hawke’s Bay Airport’s terminal is to get a ‘‘major’’ expansion, as the number of passengers coming into the region continues to rise.
Work on the upgrade was expected to start in October, and the new terminal, designed to tell the story of the kuaka, a bird that nests in the Ahuriri estuary, should be finished by February 2019.
The airport’s chief executive Nick Story said passenger movement had gone up 37 per cent over the past two years.
The multi-million dollar expansion would see the terminal increase in size from 2500m2 to 3800m2.
A new cafe would cater for 110 people, and the airport would get new bathrooms, and new offices for Air New Zealand, Jet Star, and Sound Air.
The regional lounge will be expanded, and the rental car concierge area moved inside the terminal.
It had been designed by local architects Paris Magdalinos Architects (PMA) with support from local artist and Mana Ahuriri representative Jacob Scott.
PMA architect Chris Ainsworth said a key part of their brief was to tell the story of the Hawke’s Bay area.
‘‘It is important to tell our story, in what is one of the key gateways into the Hawke’s Bay.
The kuaka inspired shape would be seen inside the terminal using a modern approach to traditional Ma¯ori carving.
Scott said the idea was to carve the plywood ceiling and utilise the texture of the underside of the kuaka wings to tell a cultural story.
It would be the airport’s biggest upgrade since 2003, and would create an entirely new terminal experience. The airline check in areas would be at the southern end of the terminal, and a new automated baggage handling system to the north.
There would also be a dedicated arrivals gate, replacing the current system which sees departures and arrivals going through the same gate.
Story said the new terminal had been designed so it could make way for further growth if it needed to. The terminal would be expanded in stages, to make sure there was minimal disruption to passengers.
The check in area would stay where it was while a new check in was built, and temporary facilities for baggage claim, a small cafe and a temporary Air New Zealand lounge would be set up outside the terminal.
A new entrance to the airport at the intersection of Watchman Road, SH2 and Meeanee Quay was due to be finished next August.
Above and below, artist’s impressions of what the new Hawke’s Bay Airport terminal will look like.