Rotorua Airport to start upgrade

Rotorua Airport is about to start a capital expenditure programme which will see a significant upgrade to the terminal and the fire station.

Rebuilding the terminal and fire station will ensure the airport meets current building, health and safety and airport requirements, including earthquake strengthening regulations, as well as position the operation for the future.

Expressions of interest relating to the project will be advertised in the coming weeks.

Funds for the programme are budgeted over four years and the airport company will run both projects simultaneously to make the project more cost-effective and efficient.

Rotorua Airport Chief Executive, Nicole Brewer, says the upgrade is not only about strengthening the buildings, but also providing Rotorua locals and visitors with the airport that they deserve.

“We want to create an airport people can be proud of.

“We can do this by ensuring that it is a safe and efficient operation, and taking the opportunity to create a sense of arrival for travellers and visitors to Rotorua and showcase the best the city has to offer.”

Ms Brewer says the development programme ensures the Airport assets are optimized, and managed and maintained to a high standard.

Airport Chairman, Peter Stubbs, says the upgrade will make the airport fit to grow travel, tourism and trade in the Bay of Plenty.

“The airport can, and does, bring business and jobs to the region.

“Implementing this capital expenditure programme will enable us to put our best foot forward and the end result will show just how great this destination is.”

The rebuild news comes as the airport also announces an increase in passenger numbers. Domestic passenger numbers are up 8.5% for the first seven months of the 2016 financial year. The Auckland route has led the way with passenger growth of 33.5%.