Planning is under way to expand our terminal building and to modernise the facilities here. Our owner and operator Far North Holdings hopes to start construction in the second quarter of next year if building consent is obtained and the tendering process is successful. Building work is expected to take about 10 months.
If all goes well, and the expansion happens as planned, the bigger, better and altogether lovelier KKE will have automated check-in, roomier departure and arrival areas, and a separate luggage collection area. Hoorah, kapai and applause all round, please!
During construction the check-in and departures area will be moved into space currently used by the Bay of Islands Aero Club.
Passenger numbers have grown by a third since Air New Zealand started flying larger aircraft on the Auckland-Kerikeri route, with a record 87,000 people flying into or out of the airport last year.
Air New Zealand’s withdrawal from Kaitaia has generated some additional passenger numbers but most of the growth is due to an increase in tourism and business traffic between Auckland and the wider Bay of Islands region.
This is being enabled by the larger aircraft being operated by Air New Zealand on the Auckland-Kerikeri route and boosted by effective marketing. A close partnership between Air New Zealand and the Bay of Islands Marketing and Promotions Group, an organisation comprising local tourism and hospitality providers, is also having an effect.
We’re expecting traffic to continue growing by about 20 percent a year for the foreseeable future, with an equal mix between business and leisure travel. With these sorts of numbers it was essential that we did something to improve and streamline facilities at Bay of Islands Airport.
We believe that anyone who’s used the airport in recent times can appreciate that.
We’ll keep you updated on the project’s progress as we move through the Consenting and Tendering phases. So watch this space.