Showing posts with label Auckland. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Auckland. Show all posts

25 March, 2023

Multi-billion-dollar investment in future of travel at Auckland Airport

Replacement of 57-year-old domestic terminal confirmed
Single biggest redevelopment since the airport opened in 1966
Domestic and international travel to be housed under one roof
Resilient and built to meet climate change goals and to create a more sustainable airport
2,000 additional jobs created at the height of construction

Auckland Airport is underway with its biggest redevelopment since the airport opened in 1966 with a brand-new domestic terminal to be fully integrated into the international terminal.

“This is a major investment for Auckland Airport, one which we have been working towards for many years,” said Patrick Strange, Auckland Airport’s Chair.

“The domestic terminal is almost 60 years old and needs replacing. It’s nearing capacity and it’s no longer fit for purpose and hasn’t been for some time. If it wasn’t for the pandemic, we would already be well underway with its replacement.”

Auckland Airport has been consulting with its major airline customers since May 2011 on a replacement for the ageing domestic terminal and plans to build an integrated terminal. Over that time 21 concept designs have been developed by Auckland Airport and discussed with major airlines as part of the consultation process.

“We have worked with major airlines for over a decade on this. We’ve considered all feedback, including potential alternative locations and even further delays to infrastructure development. All of this has been carefully thought through and we have made changes where appropriate, but now we need to get on with it,” Mr Strange said.

“Every dollar we spend on this infrastructure will serve travellers, airlines and New Zealand well into the future.

“It will ensure New Zealand’s main gateway is resilient and sustainable, supporting airline ambitions for a low-carbon future and strengthening our infrastructure in the face of increasingly severe weather events due to climate change.”

08 February, 2023

Smiths Detection awarded contract to upgrade New Zealand’s airport checkpoint security

Smiths Detection, a global leader in threat detection and security inspection technologies, has been awarded a contract to supply New Zealand’s Aviation Security Service (AvSec) with advanced checkpoint security technology for its five major international airports; Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Queenstown and Wellington.

Smiths Detection will supply 35 HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX computed tomography (CT) X-ray machines. The HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX, which meets international regulatory requirements in both the USA and EU, ensures the highest level of security while improving the experience for both passengers and operators. The carry-on baggage scanner can speed up security screening by allowing passengers to leave laptops and liquids in their cabin baggage, as well as deliver cost savings to airports as it is the most energy-efficient checkpoint CT X-ray on the market. In addition, Smiths Detection will also supply:

The iLane.evo smart automatic tray return system, which delivers a steady flow of trays, removing bottlenecks and providing a seamless checkpoint journey


The iCMORE Weapons algorithm that supports security operators by identifying knives, guns, gun parts or ammunition concealed in bags

Each piece of equipment is part of Smiths Detection’s integrated checkpoint and uses leading-edge technology designed to help increase security, improve passenger experience, and enhance operational efficiency.

13 April, 2022

New Zealand starts to open up for tourists......

New Zealand opens its doors to tourists from Australia….

After a virtual lockdown for nearly two years, New Zealand has finally opened its doors to allow some tourists back in the country.  Vaccinated Australian tourists and permanent residents can now travel in and out of New Zealand as the border rules were relaxed.

However,  there are still some conditions, that may limit the appeal for the casual tourists as well as being double-vaccinated, Australians also need to show proof of a negative covid test before departure, take another again on arrival and then another on the 6th day of their stay, although there will be changes to these requirements from next week.

Face masks are still required in many locations throughout New Zealand, including on public transport and commercial aircraft.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said: “Our borders have been open for New Zealand citizens and permanent residents to come back and forth for a while, today is the big day because this is when it is open for Australian tourists.”

Speaking directly to Australians, she commented: “You are our extended family, it means a lot to us to be able to welcome you back to your second home, because it is probably how we see ourselves and in many ways, it is how we see you.

It is more than just economic for us, it is a big part of who we are to be welcoming to people to our shores.”

Plans are still going ahead for travellers from those countries on the visa-waiver list – including the UK, to be allowed back in New Zealand from 1st May, however, this remains subject to change according to officials.

On Wednesday, the Ministry of Health reported 9,495 new cases of COVID-19 infections and 15 deaths, many of the infections were based in Auckland and there are over 600 people in hospital with the virus.

Top places to stay in Auckland.....

An intimate 4.5 star apartment style hotel which is within 200 meters of the harbour right in the heart of Auckland's central business district and downtown shopping precinct. 36 well-appointed 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments enable guests to choose the convenience of hotel services or savour the independence that only apartment-style accommodation can deliver.

You can never get too much of the three C's (Calm, Comfort and Convenience) and Pullman Auckland hotel offers a maximum of all three. This 5-star, Qualmark-certified hotel is situated in the heart of the city opposite the historic Albert Park. With 340 hotel rooms, suites and self-contained apartments and 16 meeting and conference spaces.

This magnificent city hotel is located in the vibrant heart of Auckland city just minutes away from major businesses and the shopping and entertainment districts of Queen Street, the Viaduct Harbour and Ponsonby. Auckland International Airport is just 23 kms away. This oasis of luxury offers an elegant style brought to life with vibrant, contemporary influences. The guest rooms exude lavish decadence and uncompromised comfort with bright colours offset against crisp white bed linen. Offering the utmost in indulgent luxury, the hotel Spa invites guests to enjoy revitalising Spa treatments and massages. The chic restaurants offer guests the ideal settings in which to be wined and dined in style with sumptuous specialities just waiting to be enjoyed.

Experience the very best of modern luxury at Sofitel Auckland, here you can indulge in a decidedly chic encounter that combines the spirit of our Viaduct Harbour location with the French Art de Vivre. Sofitel offers tailor-made services and splendid facilities that are stylish and cosmopolitan. Authentic and lively culinary experiences in the restaurant, soothing wellness journeys in the spa, and exquisitely designed spaces that exude chic design with a hint of the French touch. The unmistakable influence of fashion has imbued Sofitel with a couture approach to service, from the fine attention paid to the smallest detail, to the elaborate flourishes that enchant and delight guests. As proud “Ambassadors” of l'Art de Vivre around the world, we are committed to delivering hospitality excellence and heartfelt service, in a manner that is tailor-made to you.

16 December, 2019

Air Canada starts Vancouver - Auckland service

Air Canada's inaugural flight AC51, 787 Dreamliner service which departed Thursday 12th December from Vancouver has arrived in Auckland, marking the carrier's launch of seasonal service between Canada and New Zealand. Flights operate four times weekly until the end of March 2020.

"We are excited to launch our newest South Pacific route to Auckland which offers additional opportunities for North Americans travelling to enjoy New Zealand's summer season, and for New Zealanders travelling for a Canadian winter vacation. Our Auckland flights are timed to conveniently connect at our extensive Vancouver trans-Pacific hub to and from a multitude of non-stop destinations throughout North America including New York-Newark," said Mark Galardo, Vice President, Network Planning at Air Canada.

22 September, 2017

Fuel Rationing At Auckland

Many airlines have been impacted by a temporary fuel supply problem at Auckland airport that has lead to fuel being rationed.

Many long-haul flights have had to introduce a refurling stop on-route to make up for now being able to fill up with jet fuel at Auckland.  Among the airlines effecting are Air New Zealand, Qantas and Cathay Pacific.  The issue seems to stem from a ruptured fuel line far from the airport itself. For example, Cathay's flight CX198 from Auckland will be temporarily rerouted with a refuelling stop in Brisbane until further notice, adding an hour at least to passenger journey times with the flight leaving at 13:45 and arriving in Hong Kong at 22:55.

Refining New Zealand, the owners of Marsden Point fuel refinery, are trying to repair a section of its damaged fuel pipeline connecting the Marsden Point refinery to Wiri Oil Services Limited in Auckland, which supplies airlines operating out of Auckland Airport with aviation fuel.