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Airport improvements to begin

 
​Work is about to begin on $1.02 million of improvements at Whangarei's Onerahi Airport. 
Updated: 12/08/2015 9:16 a.m.
Aerial photograph of Onerahi Airport.

​Aerial photograph of Onerahi Airport,
Whangarei.

​Work is about to begin on $1.02 million of improvements at Onerahi Airport.

Whangarei District Council and Airport Joint Venture Partner the Ministry of Transport are both contributing $210k through their JV Appropriation Fund and the remainder will be drawn down from the Airport Reserve Fund.

WDC Property Asset Coordinator Caine Varley said the improvements to the terminal would include more seating for passengers.  Toilets will be upgraded and the internal baggage claim area will be expanded.

The aircraft taxiway will be expanded to accommodate the bigger aircraft that are operating at the airport now.

He said pathways outside the terminal and taxi would be improved.  A second airport entry will be constructed.  The car park will be extended and a barrier arm will be installed.

“Most of the work where the planes land and taxi will be done over five nights.  We will advise residents as there may be some noise generated by the milling and sealing machines.

“The car park will continue to operate and there will be a traffic management plan to ensure people can still move through the area and find parking.

“We plan to continue operating the terminal as usual although there will be builders and power tools onsite.  Areas under construction will be clearly identified and there will be Health and Safety measures to ensure there is no risk to passengers, tenants and members of the public.”

Mr Varley said the work around the carpark and front of the building will begin mid July and take six to eight weeks. Work on the taxiway/apron will take five nights and is scheduled for October and November.

Work improving the terminal will also begin mid July. The plan is for all of the work to be completed Feb/March 2016.

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