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Airport Expansion to be complete before RWC starts

Auckland Airport and Aviation Security Service to expand domestic security screening capability

Expansion to be complete before RWC starts

Auckland Airport and the Aviation Security Service today announced work has begun on an expansion of the main security screening operation at the domestic terminal.

Auckland Airport general manager aeronautical operations, Judy Nicholl, said, “We’re pleased to advise that we are expanding the security screening area in the centre of the domestic terminal. In essence we will be enlarging the screening area by taking over adjacent space currently occupied by some airport retail partners, knocking down some walls and refitting the space for the Aviation Security Service to install additional screening machines.”

Auckland Airport and the Aviation Security Service expect to have this expanded screening operation in place in a matter of weeks. Ms Nicholl said, “Work will be completed with minimum disruption to passengers, and installed, tested and fully operational ahead of the commencement of Rugby World Cup 2011.

“Peak congestion at domestic security screening has intensified recently due to an increase in the volume of passengers at peak travel times, particularly early in the morning on weekdays. By working with the Aviation Security Service we have been able to identify a way to expand the existing security screening space and capability to meet this additional demand.”

“We have recognised for some years that the current domestic terminal has a limited lifespan and we are working towards a long-term solution with our airline customers. In the meantime, we believe the immediate changes we are making will achieve a noticeable improvement in the passenger experience. We thank passengers for their patience and ongoing support”, said Ms Nicholl.

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