An international airport for Hamilton, it have been discussed since 1980, and it finally came into reality. Hamilton City Council approved all of the proposed plans for Hamilton's first airport. The airport have been officially named by TransHamilton Authority as Hamilton Airport on 8th December, 2010. The large national conference took place at Ried Conference Centre at Warrawyte Tower to decide if Hamilton Airport is to be the nation's major hub for the air transport. Maine Airport is quite small, so that why Hamilton Airport took an advantage.
Hamilton Airport architects, who designed New York's JFK (previously Idlewild Airport) and it gave a big thumbs up due to its unique bug-shaped airport terminal and one long east-west runway. Hamilton Airport is able to handle up to 6.8 million passengers per year, and the airport is due to be expanded in 2025. Greg Triolles, CEO of HAC (Hamilton Airport Corporation) mentioned that "Hamilton Airport will have the flight connections to Dubai, Paris, London, New York, Moscow, Sydney, Singapore, Johannesburg and Madrid. With all of these flight connections, Hamilton Airport will be quite busy."
The public transport system is expected to change soon because TransHamilton Authority is in the rush to connect Hamilton Airport to the CBD with the high frequency free-pass buses for the tourists and visitors. The new bus line - Skybus, which it will run every 15 minutes from the airport terminal to Adelaide Square Station, and the bus journey takes up to 25 to 35 minutes - depending on the traffic.
Over 15% of Hamilton residents took part of the city-wide protest over the airport development and its location. hamiltonnow reporter asked one of the local, Maxine Hewell, who outraged over that her house was right front of the runway end. Mrs Hewell, 38, who have two children and a husband will be forced to move out because of dangers and noise issues. Her house's backyard is extremely ugly because of the high barbed wire taking over the views. The plane will roar above her house every 30 minutes, or so. The first plane which landed at Hamilton Airport is Boeing 777 QF836, Qantas flight from Sydney Kingsford-Smith Airport to Hamilton. The flight took 4 hours 56 minutes.
This famous photo was taken by co-pilot Andrew Field.
This picture was taken by TransHamilton Authority helicopter.
The most recent snapshot of the new Terminal 1, and northeastern parts of Airport City development - including
Hilton Hotel Airport Central.
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