Airports awards presented
David Callan and Nigel Finnerty of Invercargill Airport.
New Zealand’s three top airport awards, sponsored by Beca, have been won by the airports of Wellington, Invercargill and Queenstown. The three were honoured at the New Zealand Airports Conference in Nelson as Major Airport of the Year, Regional Airport of the Year and for the Project of the Year (Queenstown’s runway widening and overlay) respectively.
In addition the Beca New Zealand Airport Personality of the Year Award was bestowed on Wanganui’s Allan MacGibbon.
Beca principal/technical director, Airports, Tristan Hughes, presented the awards and said that Wellington Airport had made impressive progress with its redevelopment of the terminal campus. “The Terminal South extension creates a much-enhanced passenger experience, celebrating the views out to Cook Strait and vastly improving the passenger flow through the terminal.
“The airport is also expanding its infrastructure to keep pace with demand, investing in additional parking structures and aircraft stands. In construction, the Safety Wingman campaign has provided a very positive safety culture amongst the project teams.”
Invercargill won the regional award for the transformation of its terminal building after five years of planning, design and construction.
“It is clear that Invercargill Airport has succeeded in its aim to create a terminal building which Southland can be proud of. Since opening, it has lifted the spirits of those working at and passing through the airport and presented a great first impression of the region,” said Mr Hughes.
The Project of the Year prize went to Queenstown Airport for a collaborative effort between client airline stakeholders, consultant and contractors to enable the introduction of after-dark flights.
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