After a long and challenging construction, the central terminal at Hawke’s Bay Airport is almost complete, with a July opening date forecast.

To get an indication of the spaces in the new terminal, people can view a fly-through at this link.

Hawke’s Bay Airport Limited (HBAL) chief Stuart Ainslie says the construction team is making good progress on the fit-out stage and the building is starting to take its final form. 

“Just like our regular passengers, who have had to put up with the disruption caused by construction, the Hawke’s Bay Airport team is very keen to get the building finished. With NZ Sotheby’s Hawke’s Bay Marathon and people travelling to Australia to see family and friends after lockdown, May saw our busiest weekend since lockdown. 

We’re eager to have the extra space and provide a better level of service to the growing number of passengers flowing through the terminal. However, we can’t yet give an exact opening date due to circumstances outside our control.”

Unfortunately, like the rest of New Zealand’s construction industry, HBAL is at the mercy of global supply chain challenges due to the pandemic. Some vital materials, such as finishing timber and fixtures for the final fit out, are taking time to arrive and for safety reasons the terminal cannot be opened to the public until those are in place.

Over the next few weeks, Hawke’s Bay Airport will be revealing what the new terminal will have to offer and Mr Ainslie is sure local passengers will feel the wait has been worth it. 

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