Air­port to ex­pand amid trav­eller boom

The Hastings Mail - - FRONT PAGE - LAURA DOONEY

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.