Wellington Airport has released new concept drawings for a $40 million domestic terminal project that would expand the terminal by one-third. Work is expected to start late this year and be completed by 2015.
According to the Dominion Post, the present terminal building will be extended about 30 metres south and the width of the south-west pier will be doubled.
The south-west pier, where Air New Zealand has its gates, is expected to be converted to handling jet aircraft only.
The plan is to make the whole pier a secure area with one central security point. Larger gate lounges will help speed up the movement of passengers and aircraft turnaround times.
A fourth baggage carousel will be installed in the baggage claim area and another gate will be provided for smaller turboprop aircraft flying provincial routes.