Construction noise

Regular construction and maintenance works are undertaken within the airport, including:

  • Pavement construction and resurfacing
  • General maintenance works to the runway/taxiway infrastructure
  • Capital work projects such as new/replacement buildings
  • Lighting installation and maintenance
  • Work on the seawalls and structures

Operational constraints at the airport often requires that works are carried out during the flight curfew (1am to 6am). We are mindful of the close proximity of residents to Wellington Airport, and our procedures require noise mitigation measures to be planned and implemented for all projects.

Construction Works

Below is a list of works we are currently working on at the airport. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this work may cause.

Update on Summer Works Programme

On 20 March 2022, we started essential maintenance works to repair asphalt on the southwest side of the airport buildings (within the area shown in yellow below).

The work involves the removal of old surface and repaving with new asphalt.

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This forms one of the final parts of our Summer Maintenance Works which were advised to residents in October 2021.

For operational reasons, this work must take place at night.

Our project team and contractors work hard to minimise noise and disruption to our community during these works.

The construction plan for this project requires the following actions to minimise noise:

  • Sound barriers will be used to shield machinery during operation;
  • Noisy activities such as saw cutting will be completed at the beginning of the shift wherever possible;
  • Any truck reversing will be kept to a minimum to reduce the sound from beepers.

This is a short duration project with the work expected to conclude by 25 March (weather permitting).

Taxiway Bravo works

Wellington Airport’s apron taxiway is currently undergoing major reconstruction for the first time since the airport opened in 1959.

The work is expected to take approximately 18 months and may generate some noise; however, we have scheduled most work to take place during the day to minimise disruption.

For any night works, we will ensure our contractors use the most efficient equipment and noise screens to shield machinery during operation and regularly communicate with site crews to avoid unnecessary noise during the works.

The works will occur over four distinct phases, generally moving from north to south. We have received advice from our acoustic consultants about the noise impacts on surrounding residential properties and will notify affected residents immediately before potentially noisy work starts.

We will provide regular progress updates on this page. You can also email us at if you have any questions.

Thank you for your patience as we complete this important work which will be a significant benefit for operational safety, resilience, airfield lighting and stormwater management.


If you have any questions please contact us on 0508 AIRNOISE or complete our enquiry form.

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