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.


Following recent pavement maintenance works, some sections of the runway require grooving of the surface to enable water to flow freely off the side and enhance operational safety.

These works are predominantly at the southern end, with a small section in the north. The grooving works are programmed for a week in late May.


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.


The first phase of works to install the ducting for lighting and communications is now complete, and the pavement widening works nearing completion.

The final surfacing pavement of the taxiway is now being laid, starting from the northern end of the taxiway. The contractors will work in zones sequentially down the taxiway, with the surface finished at the end of each night to enable full operations during the day. These works are scheduled to take 25 shifts, subject to weather conditions.

Delivery of the phase two works were re-sequenced to better programme the works with the Christmas break, and accommodate some unforeseen ground conditions on site.

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 9pm and 6am.

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, including:
    • Re-phasing works start times to 9pm to enable the noisiest works to be complete prior to the flight curfew;
    • De-phasing tasks to improve contractor productivity and reduce the overall number of shifts needed
    • Saw cutting works carried out for advance shifts, reducing the overall number of shifts with saw cutting activity
  • 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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