11 Oct 2008

Auckland airport ready for new jet

9:05 am on 11 October 2008

Auckland International Airport Ltd says a new international terminal pier will open later this month, in time for the world's largest jet to park there.

The company says the $50 million development will allow it to accommodate a projected 25 million passengers a year by 2025.

Auckland International Airport is the only airport in New Zealand that can host the super jumbo A380 jet.

Qantas flew one of the jets over Auckland for a promotional flight over the city on Friday. Large crowds turned out to see the aircraft.

The airline has ordered 20 A380s.

Emirates will be the first airline to operate a daily service from Auckland on the A380 from February next year.