Auckland International Airport reported (31-Oct-2018) the following operational highlights for FY2017/2018 following its annual meeting of shareholders:
- Sale of the company’s holding in North Queensland Airports achieved;
- Launched NZD2 billion (USD1.3 billion) aeronautical infrastructure development programme;
- Programme includes investment in new transport projects and the roll out of new operations and service initiatives;
- New technologies include the addition of real time information on processing queue times to the airport’s mobile app, an AI based virtual online assistant called ‘Ava’ and improved WiFi networks;
- Reviewed and clarified the airport’s 30 year vision;
- Completed the 12,240sqm international Pier B extension, reducing the bussing of international passengers to around 3%;
- Completed 90% of the international terminal departures upgrade project, adding new processing space, new toilets, new common lounge area and new retail and dining outlets;
- Invested in new roads, bus lanes, intersections and technology to manage traffic flows through the day.
Outgoing Auckland Airport chair Henry van der Heyden also formally stepped down at the meeting, replaced by incoming chair Patrick Strange. Sir Henry served as chair for the previous nine years.