New Plymouth Airport Master Plan accepted

Function is about to begin on a detailed design for extending the terminal on New Plymouth Airport.

Today (Tuesday) New Plymouth District Council approved the New Plymouth Airport Master Plan and for work to begin on a detailed design for growing the terminal.

Enlargement of the 48-year-old terminal is required due to passenger congestion within the building as well as the need for more parking for airplane on the apron and also public car parking. Significant maintenance work is also essential for the building’s roof, public lavatories and water and sewerage solutions.

Final approval for the project will be sought from the ministry of Transport and the Council prior to it goes out to tender.

“The important thing is that this is a commercial development that will be paid for by users, ” says Manager Home Assets Peter Handcock.

“Revised aeronautical fees and fatal rentals will pay for much of the terminal development and car park customers will pay for the car park development – no money will be coming from rates. ”

The airport’s fatal building opened in 1967 plus was designed for 60, 000 people per year. In 2014 there were 343, 000 passengers through the airport, and much more than 550, 000 are projected by 2023. It is the ninth-busiest airport terminal in New Zealand.

The terminal design features separate arrival and departure gates, moving the baggage claim to the other side from the terminal, a larger Air New Zealand lounge, more space for retail and the cafe, and the ability to build a passenger security area if required in the future.

The floor region would increase by 60 % (from 1, 480m2 to two, 300m2).

New Plymouth Airport currently has 47 renters – 11 in the terminal plus 36 with ground leases – and there is a waiting list for new airport and aircraft related businesses.

“We have a primary design so we’ve got quite a good understanding of the development’s cost, which is about $11 million, ” says Mr Handcock.

“That price will be firmed up through the detailed design process, whenever we really get into the nitty-gritty plus re-engage with stakeholders to develop the design and get a more accurate cost.

“We then venture out to tender, and the ultimate cost will be the tender price. ”

The 14-month construction might start in late 2015 or earlier 2016.

Within the next ten years the airport’s runway will also have to be expanded to handle larger airplanes.

The runway extension would be in two stages: the first to accept the runway up to 1, 500 metre distances long, then in roughly thirty years’ time a second stage to at least one, 700m.


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Work is all about to begin on a detailed design to get extending the terminal at New Plymouth Airport.

These days (Tuesday) New Plymouth District Authorities approved the New Plymouth Airport Learn Plan and for work to begin on the detailed design for expanding the terminal.

Expansion from the 48-year-old terminal is required due to traveler congestion within the building and the requirement for more parking for aircraft within the apron and also public car parking. Substantial maintenance work is also necessary for the building’s roof, public toilets plus water and sewerage services.

Final approval for the project will be sought from the ministry of Transport and the Council before this goes out to tender.

“The important thing is that this is a commercial development that will be paid for by the customers, ” says Manager Property Assets Peter Handcock.

“Revised aeronautical fees and terminal rentals will pay for much of the fatal development and car park users will probably pay for the car park development – necessary will be coming from rates. ”

The airport’s terminal constructing opened in 1967 and was created for 60, 000 passengers per year. In 2014 there were 343, 1000 passengers through the airport, and more than 550, 000 are projected by 2023. It is the ninth-busiest airport within New Zealand.

The terminal design features separate arrival and departure gates, moving the baggage claim to the other side of the fatal, a larger Air New Zealand lay, more space for retail as well as the cafe, and the ability to create a traveler security area if required later on.

The floor area might increase by 60 per cent (from 1, 480m2 to 2, 300m2).

New Plymouth Airport currently has 47 tenants – 11 in the terminal and thirty six with ground leases – plus there is a waiting list for new airport terminal and aircraft related businesses.

“We have a preliminary design so we’ve got a pretty good understanding of the development’s cost, that is about $11 million, ” states Mr Handcock.

“That price will be firmed up with the detailed design process, when we really get into the nitty-gritty and re-engage with stakeholders to hone the style and get a more accurate cost.

“We then go out to tender, and the ultimate price will be the tender price. ”

The 14-month construction would come from late 2015 or early 2016.

Within the next 10 years the airport’s runway will also need to be extended to handle larger airplanes.

The runway extension would be within two stages: the first to bring the catwalk up to 1, 500 metres long, then in roughly 30 years’ time a second stage to 1, 700m.

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