A $1.5 billion airfield vending machine sale is reportedly on the cards for Auckland Airport, according to a report by The News.
The sale is the latest in a series of auctions that Auckland Airport has hosted for years, including a $20 billion airfares deal and a $40 billion sale of its fleet of fleet buses last year.
The new deal, reported in The New Zealand Herald, will see the airport take on the financial risk of a potential $15-billion airport sale as part of a $100-million “vending” deal that the airport is currently in talks with a number of other airlines.
New Zealanders have been vocal about the need for an airport in Auckland, with some arguing that a proposed new runway should be built instead of the existing terminal.
In an effort to alleviate some of the pressure, New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) Minister of Transport and Main Roads Andrew Little has announced a plan to increase the capacity of the airport’s fleet of buses, vans and taxis by 30% by 2023.
In addition, the plan would include a pilot program of allowing more than one passenger per plane at the same time.
According to The New York Times, the “vendor will be able to use a credit card to purchase vending machines.”