31 March 2008

Streamlined New Zealand immigration control at re-vamped Auckland airport

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New Zealand immigration arrivals are now receiving an even warmer welcome as Auckland airport unveils its new international arrivals area. The new section of the airport opens for business at midnight on Monday the 31st of March and will provide increased capacity for passenger processing. The airport now boasts a facility with over 30% more passport control areas, as well as the biggest duty-free shop in the Asia-Pacific region.

Don Huse, chief executive of the airport, said: "This is about creating a great first impression for New Zealand, and making visitors or kiwis returning home feel more welcome." He added that the airport's new capacity in particular will "reduce bottle-necks and position the airport for further growth". The new facility has 44 immigration passport control areas compared to 32 in the old area, meaning a quicker service for people moving into the country through New Zealand immigration. Auckland International Airport caters for over four million visitors every year.

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