Auckland Airport Expansion


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Auckland Airport Expansion

Prospective pipeline

Greenfield (construction) or brownfield (government asset divestment) projects needed or likely to occur within the next five years, but is not formally proposed by a state, territory or major local government.

Credibly proposed

The project or divestment is supported by a state, territory or major local government, is subject to studies or other processes (such as pre-feasibility or scoping studies or business case development), and is likely to proceed to formal announcement.   


The project has a firm commitment and timeline from a state, territory or major local government, but has not yet entered the market.

Under procurement

The project or transaction is under procurement (such as a call for Expressions of Interest, requests for tender, or another offer to the market).

Preferred bidder announced

A preferred bidder has been selected and is in exclusive negotiations.

Recently closed

Projects that have progressed to contractual close remain on ANZIP for 12 months.

ANZIP is focused only on major infrastructure activity, above the following thresholds:


Construction projects: > AUD$300m

Investable greenfield & brownfield: > AUD$100m

New Zealand

All greenfield and brownfield projects and divestments: > NZD $100 million

STATUS: Announced
VALUE: $1.68bn AUD | $1.8bn NZD
SECTOR: Other transport
PROCUREMENT APPROACH: Traditional procurement
TYPE: Greenfield

The Auckland Airport expansion and redevelopment will deliver a new second runway as well as combine the currently separated international and domestic terminals.

The infrastructure programme is based on Auckland Airport’s 30-year masterplan, which was released in 2014. According to the masterplan, the expansion will be undertaken in four key phases.

In 2017 Auckland Airport announced NZ$1.8 billion (A$1.68 billion) will be invested over 2018-2022 on projects across various phases to accommodate growing passenger and flight demand.

Key projects forming the phase 1 infrastructure programme between 2018-2022 include:

- construction of a new domestic jet terminal connected to the existing international terminal (NZ$401.5 million);
- expansion of the international check-in, public dwelling, and border processing facilities (NZ$292.7 million);
- taxiway, stands and aprons (NZ$376.3 million);
- pier building and connections (NZ$153.1 million); and
- roads and transport facilities (NZ$131.3 million).

Phase 2 of the plan up to 2030 includes:

- a new 2.15 kilometre long northern runway operational by 2028 (NZ$202 million); and
- the extension of the terminal forecourt, which is expected to be completed by 2030.

Auckland Airport received approval to build the new northern runway in 2002. The new runway will be located to the north of the new terminal and will run parallel with the existing southern runway. Auckland Airport lodged two Notice of Requirement (NoR) applications with Auckland Council in February 2018 to revise the dimensions of the new runway. The NoR applications seek to extend the runway length from 2150 metres to 2983 metres and move it 72 metres north of the originally approved location. The new runway will primarily support aircraft such as the Airbus A320 and Boeing 777 and 787.

A consortium comprising Mott MacDonald, Holmes Consulting, Architectus and Grimshaw was selected in May 2017 to design and develop a combined domestic and international terminal, which covers building works over the next 10 years. This comprises the new integrated domestic terminal, border processing expansion and transport and car parking facilities.

Phase 3 of the plan includes the expansion of the international and domestic terminal piers. This is expected to be completed by 2044. Auckland Airport believes the new northern runway will need to be extended by approximately 890 metres to improve its efficiency and meet the requirements of larger aircraft.

Phase 4 will be undertaken beyond 2044, for a possible runway extension to its full length as well as for further road network development outside the terminal.

Last reviewed: 29/11/2018

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