Construction noise

WIAL regularly undertakes construction and maintenance works within the airport precinct, 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.


Wellington Airport’s taxiway, which is the paved area connecting the terminal and the runway, has reached the end of its useful life and must be resurfaced. These works also provide a good opportunity to carry out some improvements to the taxiway including widening the pavement and realigning the centreline that pilots use when arriving and departing.

Programme and timeline

Initial preparation and site establishment works will commence mid-late September with the full programme expected to get underway in early October. We expect the project will take around seven months to complete, subject to a range of factors including weather conditions.

The contracting team will break for Christmas on 21 December, recommencing work on 7 January 2018.

The works will generally be undertaken sequentially from one end of the runway to the other, in a series of zones starting at the northern end.

The first phase involves trenching and installing ducting for lighting and communications; the second phase is the paving and installation of ground lighting. At the end of each night the surface will be finished to enable full operations during the day.

Phase 1 works were scheduled to commence on Sunday 17 September, 2017.

Managing noise

The taxiway is an operational area used by and near aircraft during the day which means the majority of the work needs to take place between 9.30pm and 6am.

Potential construction noise effects:

We appreciate the works will generate noise in the neighbouring communities and we will be actively working with the construction teams throughout the project to manage adverse effects where feasible. The project team and contractors have considered noise effects in all stages of the works planning and the equipment that will be used.

Noise mitigation initiatives on the project include:

  • Construction staging programme to minimise noisy works within the night curfew hours
  • Non-tonal reversing beepers on all site vehicles
  • Mobile screening of high noise equipment and use of acoustic curtains where practical
  • Modern equipment specification, including use of oscillating (non-vibrating) compactors and loading dampeners
  • Off-site manufacture of asphalt
  • Traffic management planning, including staggered haulage routes and local stockpiling of material to enable fewer nighttime truck movements
  • Contractor briefings and site inductions to communicate on-site practices to avoid unnecessary noise during the works.

Wellington Airport has engaged with the Air Noise Management Committee, which includes residential representatives and Wellington City Council, on the construction management plan.

Taxiway Repaving: Construction Noise Management Plan (PDF 1.1 MB)

If you have concerns about specific noise generated from the works please contact the Airport Operations team on 04 385 5100, or alternatively contact the WCC after hours’ noise call out service.


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

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