Airport Chief Executive Jim Boult says he is delighted by the
"Those of us close to the airport think it's a very special
place and it seems travellers agree," he says.
"To have readers of the widely respected magazine
Travel Digest vote us the International Airport Of The Year is
"We are running both an airport and a construction zone at the
moment while we complete development of the new terminal, so it's
reassuring to have travellers see past the construction and
appreciate what we are building.
"We are opening another large new area of the terminal tomorrow,
December 1, with the final work due for completion mid-March next
Mr Boult says this award is a tribute to the airport staff, who
also recently won an award for staff engagement.
"I said it then and I'll say it again ... it is a pleasure to
know the staff around the airport love coming to work here as much
as I do.
"Their efforts through the past two years of natural emergencies
have been outstanding and today's award makes it clear those
efforts have not gone un-noticed by travellers through the
Travel Digest magazine has been published for the past 33 years
and is considered the leading monthly travel industry publication
in New Zealand. Its Travel Industry Awards are made