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Big spend for airport terminal revamp

The main terminal building at Wellington Airport is getting its biggest makeover since it opened in 1999.

Preliminary demolition work has begun ahead of a $15 million upgrade of approximately 6000 square metres in the main terminal’s public area on level one, which houses mainly food and beverage outlets alongside clothing, book and gift stores.

Two large air conditioning units in the middle of the main terminal are being moved into the ceiling space above the current food court.

More work will be carried out progressively over the next 12 months and result in more attractive vistas for passengers, with views across the terminal to aircraft and the coast.

“Our recent extension of the southern part of the terminal gives a flavour of what’s about to come,” said Wellington Airport’s chief commercial officer Matt Clarke.

“The refreshed space with brands like Best Ugly Bagels has been welcomed by the public and this next phase will build on that.”

The project is part of a number of significant works in progress at Wellington Airport including a new multi-level car park and transport hub and a 134-room hotel, both due to open in 2018.