Auckland Airport now offers a fast-lane for many frequent flyers

By David Flynn, December 20 2016
Auckland Airport now offers a fast-lane for many frequent flyers

Getting through Auckland Airport should be quicker and easier for inbound Australian flyers thanks to a newly-opened biosecurity lane at the international terminal.

The lane is available for Australian and New Zealand  passport holders who don't have any food "or other biosecurity risk items" to declare – a category which covers the bulk of trans-Tasman business travellers.

“In the past, New Zealand and Australian travellers could be held up waiting for biosecurity staff to check goods declared by passengers ahead in the queue," reflects border clearance services director Steve Gilbert.

"The new layout will prevent this type of congestion. Kiwis and Aussie travellers who don’t have anything to declare will go straight to risk assessment via their own queue line."

There's also an additional baggage X-ray machine at the incoming traveller checkpoint and scope for two detector dog teams on duty at the same time – one for travellers eligible to exit via the Green Lane, the other for those undergoing x-ray screening of their baggage.

"The extra dog team will allow us to maximise the use of Green Lane" Gilbert says of the channel which allows low-risk New Zealand and Australian travellers to bypass baggage x-ray screening.

"When our dog team has been called away from the Green Lane in the past, we have had to redirect eligible passengers to x-ray, adding to the processing time."

Also read: Which airline has the best business class on trans-Tasman flights?

David

David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

31 Mar 2014

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Good news to make things smoother

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

29 Nov 2013

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The International side of AKL has always been a great airport - the only inbound issue has been the late night flights from AU that often get in just after the flights from Asia, which means the bio-security screening points become very congested. 


Will be interesting to see this in action in January!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

16 Dec 2011

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I agree.... so I started taking the over night from Melbourne instead. Gets to Auckland at about 5.30am and bio-security is a breeze.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

29 Nov 2013

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Ouch - heck of a way to avoid the bio queues! What time does that leave MEL? Midnight or later?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

16 Dec 2011

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11.30pm I believe. It's a nasty flight in that kind of twilight zone where you can't sleep, even though you tell yourself its night, and you're in J. I live in Auckland, and use it as my excuse to 'work' from home (e.g. sleep till 12 and then work).

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30 Nov 2018

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Auckland airport does still do not have a dedicated APEC line for arrivals or departures like the other 20 APEC participating countries.

I learnt yesterday that the departing express lane is now only for Air New Zealand passengers only ! Not even my APEC card. Full fare business class ticket/boarding pass with Qantas or my Platinum status could save me. I was told it cost 11K per year to keep that lane open !! Not good for the QF/ANZ code share deal and not a good image for an APEC participating country. The purpose of the APEC movement is to streamline entry/departure access among the Asia-Pacific participating economies to boost one another’s economies.


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