13 Sep 2018
Preliminary demolition works has begun with the removal of one air handling unit, opening the space up at the northern end of the terminal.
The upgrade covers approximately 6,000 square metres in the main terminal’s public area, equivalent to the size of 12 basketball courts, and will result in the largest visual change to the main terminal since the current terminal opened in 1999. The work will be carried out progressively over the next 12 months.
Once completed, visitors will have expansive views across the terminal to aircraft and the coast. The upgrade will transform the airport’s main terminal to a light, open space where travellers can intuitively find their way to and from their flights.
The upgrade will also provide an opportunity for emerging Wellington brands as well as established retailers to create retail and dining offerings for the six million domestic and international passengers visiting the Wellington region every year.
The recent extension of the southern part of the terminal gives a flavour of what’s about to come. The refreshed space with brands like Best Ugly Bagels has been welcomed by the public and this next phase will build on that.