This would be New Zealand’s first new commercial airport in more than 50 years.
Starting from scratch means we can design the airport and its operations so its benefits are maximised and its impacts on the community and environment are minimised.
It also means we have to look at every element of airport operations and have a list of complex (and often interconnected) investigations to undertake.
This list will continue to grow.
Our findings will weave together to form a strong base of information for our decision making.
Our Current Focus
We are in the ‘Validation and Planning’ phase of the project – that is, getting all of our information together.
It’s important we allow ourselves the time needed for thorough and robust investigations, and to explore new elements as we discover them. That means we are not tying the project to strict deadlines.
This phase has a lot of interconnected workstreams. At the end of it, our team will make a decision on whether to proceed to the next phase – Approvals.
Those approvals include planning approvals for the change of land use, all air, water, noise and building consents as well as aeronautical approvals to commence operations.
Phase one: validation and planning