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International terminal transport hub open at Auckland Airport

First stage of the hub to open at 2am on 3 April

  • Undercover public drop-off / pick-up, plus public transport, Park & Ride bus connection, interterminal bus connections and commercial drop-off
  • 680m of new covered walkways, landscaping and open spaces create contemporary plaza areas
  • Accessible zones within the commercial and public drop-off / pick-up
  • Existing international terminal drop-off / pick-up closes.

Auckland Airport’s international terminal transport system is set for the biggest change in its nearly 50-year history with the opening of the Transport Hub ground floor on Wednesday 3 April. From 2am that morning, travellers heading for the international terminal will be the first to experience the brand-new facility when they pull up to more than 320m of new undercover kerbside drop off and pick up – a 200 per cent boost in space on what’s currently available out front of the terminal.

AKL new transport hub
AKL new transport hub

Construction continues with parking levels above opening late-2024. Replacing the old 1977 international terminal ground-level car park, the ground floor of the Transport Hub covers over 14,000m2 with separate lanes for public and commercial traffic creating an efficient and modern arrival and departure experience for those using public transport and scheduled buses, being dropped off or picked up by friends and family, or being dropped off by taxis, rideshares and shuttles. Directly alongside the Transport Hub, new office spaces for the airport’s operational teams and partner organisations are under construction, designed to a 5-Star Green rating. A 1.2-megawatt rooftop solar array will help power the office building and the EV charging available in the car park.

AKL new transport hub
AKL new transport hub

Auckland Airport Chief Executive, Carrie Hurihanganui, said the Transport Hub creates an easier, efficient and more welcoming arrival and departure point for international travellers, and in the future, domestic customers of the new integrated domestic terminal. “We’re thrilled to be opening the first stage less than two years after starting work on the site. This was the first of our major infrastructure projects to get underway once the borders reopened. Post-pandemic there was a window of opportunity while international travel was rebuilding to complete a project of this scale while minimising disruption.”

External view of the new transport hub at AKL
External view of the new transport hub at AKL

Details of the new precinct:

  • 70,000m2 building
  • 200m long, each floor of the four-storey structure is the size of two rugby fields with a double height ground floor
  • Four levels of short-term car parking above the public drop-off / pick-up opening late-2024
  • Space allocated alongside for future mass rapid transit station
  • 1.2-megawatt solar array to help power public EV charging stations and 5-Star Green office building under construction next to the Transport Hub

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