Wellington International Airport Runway Extension

Wellington International Airport Runway Extension


The proposed extension of the runway at Wellington International Airport would extend the runway 355 metres out into Lyall Bay providing a total runway length of 2,300 metres. The extension would increase the capacity and ability of the airport to service international flights, particularly larger wide-bodied aircraft that conduct long-haul services. 

The extension works would also include:

  • extending the existing Moa Point Road tunnel underpass
  • erecting a protection structure over Moa Point Wastewater Treatment Plant main outfall pipeline
  • construction and maintenance of a Submerged Wave Focusing Structure in Lyall Bay, and
  • landscape and amenity improvement works.


Apr 2016 Wellington International Airport Limited (WIAL) lodged a Resource Consent Application with the Wellington City Council (WCC) and Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) for the project.
Mar 2017 Wellington International Airport Limited's (WIAL) Resource Consent Application was put on indefinite hold to appeal separate proceedings regarding a challenge to the airport's safety areas to the Supreme Court. WIAL has stated that until the issue is resolved it represents an impediment to Wellington progressing its Resource Consent Application.
Apr 2019 WIAL withdrew its application for resource consents associated with an extension to the runway. WIAL intends to lodge an updated application.
Oct 2019 Wellington Airport released its 2040 Masterplan. The Plan flags more than NZ$1 billion (A$920 million) in infrastructure upgrades. This includes the potential runway extension, along with upgrades to passenger terminals and facilities for non-scheduled movements, such as freight and medical services.