Story: Wellington region

New airport

New airport

A crowd watches an aircraft display at the opening of Wellington Airport in 1959. Work began in the mid-1950s after it became clear the existing runwaywas too short for modern passenger aircraft. Houses in eastern Rongotai were demolished so the runway could be extended and realigned on a north–south axis. This also required the reclamation of parts of Evans and Lyall bays. In 2006 the southern end of the runway was further extended to meet international safety standards.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, New Zealand Free Lance Collection (PAColl-0785)
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Chris Maclean, 'Wellington region - New growth and attitudes: 1940–1975', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 May 2022)

Story by Chris Maclean, updated 1 Aug 2015