A multi-million-dollar redevelopment of Hawke’s Bay Airport’s terminal is underway. The project will take approximately 18 months to complete in a staged program that will involve extending the existing footprint to both the north and the south of its current location. The expansion will increase the size of the terminal from 2,500m2 to 3,800 m2 and is designed to accommodate the growing number of passenger movements and visitors to the airport. In the last two year’s passenger movements have risen 37 percent to 652,000 passengers.
Hawke’s Bay Airport Chairman Tony Porter says the project will be the Airport’s most significant upgrade since 2003 it will create an entirely new terminal experience with the departure and arrival areas to be reconfigured. The airline check in areas will be moved to the southern end of the terminal with a new automated baggage collection system installed at the northern end.
There will also be dedicated departures and arrivals gates, rather than the current arrangement, which has departures and arrivals using the same gates. A new centrally located café will cater for 110 people, while other changes include new bathrooms, expanded offices for the Airlines and a significant expansion of Air New Zealand’s regional lounge.
The new look terminal has been designed by local Hawke’s Bay architects PMA with supporting design inspiration from local artist and Mana Ahuriri representative Jacob Scott. PMA Senior Architect, Chris Ainsworth said the collaboration with Mr Scott was based on using the terminal form to tell the story of the Kuaka, which nests at the nearby Ahuriri estuary. The terminal has been designed to represent the shape of a Kuaka (godwit) bird in flight.
The Airport Expansion Project will be 100% funded from the balance sheet of Hawke’s Bay Airport Limited and will not require any financial support from current shareholders Napier City Council, Hastings District Council and the Crown.