21 October, 2016
Auckland airport “clutter” on tarmac hazardous for workers and passengers
E tū says a failure to invest properly in Auckland International Airport is creating chaos on the tarmac and a poor
quality experience for visitors.
At yesterday’s AGM, the Airport CEO Adrian Littlewood brushed off concerns about the use of buses to take passengers to
But E tū’s Head of Aviation, Kelvin Ellis says the concerns are well-founded.
He says the airport company is happy to take the landing fees resulting from a huge surge in the number of flights into
But he says it hasn’t invested in new gates, preferring instead to bus people around the tarmac.
He says with so many flights coming in, “there’s clutter on the tarmac which is creating hazardous working conditions
for the people loading and unloading the planes.
“When a plane comes in, you’ve got the caterers there; people are refuelling; there’s engineers running checks; the
baggage people are unloading; you’ve got cleaners - everything happens very quickly, and the next thing you know, buses
are arriving, and people are trying to get onto the plane.
“Not only is this causing delays and unhappy customers. It’s creating hazards for the workers and the passengers.”
He says airport workers were sick of apologising for the poor quality experience of passengers.
“We’re calling for better planning and greater investment in the airport infrastructure. As things stand, it’s
contributing to a poor first impression for visitors arriving in New Zealand,” says Kelvin.