Wellington airport koru lounge

Old Nov 1, 20, 6:57 pm
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Wellington airport koru lounge

Does anyone know the reasoning why Wellington airport have decided to locate the boarding gates on the far side away from where air New Zealand have just spent a fortune doing up their koru lounge.



Seems counter productive for the airport company's main client. Now it's hardly worth going to the koru lounge when flying out from Wellington it's so far from the gates
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Old Nov 1, 20, 7:31 pm
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It is not that far.

It was done to share security with JQ given initially after lockdown ended there were few flights.
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Old Nov 1, 20, 8:17 pm
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It saves Air NZ plenty by not having the regional lounge open and no security for the main lounge.
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Old Nov 1, 20, 9:07 pm
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Once WLG has international flights back I guess AirNZ will move the domestic Airbus flights back to the south west pier. Currently more than enough gates for JQ and NZ in North pier & only need one security location open.
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It's to allow for the complete rebuild of the screening area which gets all new xray screening equipment and body scanners as part of the domestic rollout (Dunedin is the only one so far with them). I believe it's due to be complete within the next month or so.

No doubt this upgrade would have been an even bigger shambles had they not been able to move everybody to the north pier and international area like they've been able to do!
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Old Nov 2, 20, 12:05 am
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Originally Posted by nzkarit View Post
Once WLG has international flights back I guess AirNZ will move the domestic Airbus flights back to the south west pier. Currently more than enough gates for JQ and NZ in North pier & only need one security location open.
Recently there has been 2 security locations being used in north pier. JQ and international (for NZ flights).
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Old Nov 2, 20, 10:44 am
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Originally Posted by Ellice View Post
Does anyone know the reasoning why Wellington airport have decided to locate the boarding gates on the far side away from where air New Zealand have just spent a fortune doing up their koru lounge.



Seems counter productive for the airport company's main client. Now it's hardly worth going to the koru lounge when flying out from Wellington it's so far from the gates
dont go then if you can’t allocate an extra 20min into your busy day. Your lucky NZ has such small airports that you consider this distance an inconvenience
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Old Nov 2, 20, 2:29 pm
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Originally Posted by eaglenz View Post
dont go then if you can’t allocate an extra 20min into your busy day. Your lucky NZ has such small airports that you consider this distance an inconvenience
And remember that even pre covid probably somewhere around 20% of Air NZ flights left from the northern pier anyway - so everybody flying Air NZ always needed to be aware of what pier they were leaving from and plan accordingly for having to clear security again if you were going to visit the main lounge rather than the regional lounge.

While Wellington airport have now put their development plans on hold due to Covid, it will be interesting to see how long it takes until development eventually does start and they construct the new regional pier at the north end.
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Old Jan 27, 21, 6:05 pm
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From today's email
Update on domestic flights departing Wellington

From 4 February 2021, most of Air New Zealand’s domestic flights, operated by our A320, A320neo and A321neo jet aircraft, will resume using the South Western Pier (domestic gates) instead of the Northern Pier (international gates).

This will mean that the Air New Zealand Wellington Regional Lounge will be open during the week from Monday to Friday for eligible regional travellers but remains temporarily closed over weekends and Public Holidays.

When travelling over weekends, or on a Public Holiday the Air New Zealand Wellington Domestic Lounge will continue to be available for your use prior to your flight, please ensure you allow enough time to get through Aviation Security screening ahead of accessing this lounge.
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From today's email
Finally, although that line about “most flights” I’m assuming the late night departures might still depart from the International End? To share AVSEC resources with the late night JQ flight.
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Old Jan 27, 21, 7:34 pm
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Finally, although that line about “most flights” I’m assuming the late night departures might still depart from the International End? To share AVSEC resources with the late night JQ flight.
Or like previously some of the morning flights as well as they parked there overnight. Or other times when they need the parking space.
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It's crazy to think the southern pier security upgrade took as long as it did!

After they switched to the upgraded intl screening area 100% of the time a few weeks ago rather than using the old JQ screening things have actually been pretty quick.
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Old Jan 28, 21, 3:38 am
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Finally, although that line about “most flights” I’m assuming the late night departures might still depart from the International End? To share AVSEC resources with the late night JQ flight.
When there is a strong southerly they may use international pier rather than gates 13, 14 & 15. Also there can be busy periods when all the southwest pier gates are full and so have to use international pier for overflow.
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Old Jan 28, 21, 3:42 am
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It's crazy to think the southern pier security upgrade took as long as it did!

After they switched to the upgraded intl screening area 100% of the time a few weeks ago rather than using the old JQ screening things have actually been pretty quick.
Is it that or have they been waiting for AirNZ to get their schedule up enough to warrant the reopening as need the gate space? AirNZ would have also saved money not having the regional lounge open.

How is the domestic lounge at peak times? Is it also that is filling up so at the point to reopen the regional lounge, so ok to put the domestic lounge behind security again?
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Old Jan 28, 21, 4:27 am
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Originally Posted by nzkarit View Post
Is it that or have they been waiting for AirNZ to get their schedule up enough to warrant the reopening as need the gate space? AirNZ would have also saved money not having the regional lounge open.
A couple of weeks back, it seemed like it was still being installed with hoardings still up.

Will be interesting to see how it pans out, NZ seem to have be come very comfortable with using those gates for the prop services. I feel like once things ramp back up domestically an bit more things will become very tight at peak.

It would of almost been nice if WLG could come up with creating an central domestic screening point and common space between the two airlines.
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