In April 2019, work has been completed on a major terminal redevelopment, enhancing the customer experience at Tauranga Airport, one of the main gateways to the city and the region.
The airport features a new check-in area, open space seating, extended views to the runway, a new café and unique pieces of art, providing a welcoming space for passengers and visitors.
Passenger volumes have been rapidly increasing as a direct result of Air New Zealand providing more capacity and flight frequency through Tauranga. The existing terminal was originally constructed in 1967 and with some expansions and modifications has served Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty well for the past 50 years.
The new terminal provides Tauranga with an internationally competitive regional airport, intending to meet capacity demands up to and beyond 2027.
The floor area of the terminal has doubled from 1700m2 to 3800m2, allowing more space for our passengers. This includes separate check-in and arrival areas and increased space for back of house operations, allowing for future upgrades and a new, larger Air New Zealand Regional Lounge.
The new check-in area features state of the art check-in kiosks, a baggage drop belt and a new externally accessible courier and cargo office. The improvements also provide a shorter walk from the terminal for boarding.
Local Iwi have been engaged and have developed better welcoming and farewell messaging along with artwork that tells a story about some of the local iwi's history and culture. On arrival, passengers pass Maori artwork created by local artist Jason Porter before entering the terminal.
The terminal also features a mural by internationally acclaimed artist Mr G, honouring aviation hero Oscar Garden.
The new terminal design was created and the development managed by Jasmax Tauranga, with Naylor Love Construction Ltd responsible for construction.
Have a look around the new terminal