Construction of a rental car building has kicked off work on the $4 million expansion at Marlborough Airport.
Work started on the building last month and is the part of a multimillion-dollar project to increase public space at the airport, easing the pressure from growing passenger numbers and larger aircraft flying into Marlborough. Work was expected to be completed by March 2015.
Marlborough Airport manager Dean Heiford said the first phase of construction was under way with contractors hard at work building the "rental car kiosk".
"After that they will move on to the front and the baggage claim area and then they will start on the southern end of the extension."
The design, by Christchurch architectural practice Warren and Mahoney, would push the 19-year-old terminal out to the south and north with a new glass front facing north.
Access to the baggage collection area would be under cover and more public toilets provided, he said.
A mezzanine floor has been included to provide a meeting area for the business sector.
A third arrival and departure gate would also be installed.
Heiford wanted to remind people that during the next five months, the front of the terminal would become congested, he said.
"I would encourage people to get dropped off and picked up or make use of the taxis and shuttles.
"We have a couple of extra guys working at peak times to help with it [congestion] so we can make it as easy as possible for passengers."
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