Invercargill airport – the gateway to Southland

Published Oct 11, 2017

Invercargill airport is the gateway to Southland and beyond. Shortly after opening the new $13m Invercargill Airport was awarded best regional airport. The Airport facility is practical and enduring as is the ExtraTread Entrance matting System and had ticked all the boxes for local flavour and charm. To the city of Invercargill, first impressions were important

It was a triumph of collaborative thinking, as the Council worked with the people of Invercargill, Architects Warren & Mahoney as well as Air New Zealand to ensure that it met not only today’s demands, but also tomorrows.

That meant coping with the skyrocketing passenger numbers passing through the terminal doors, and the unique southern weather which brings rain in summer and bitter cold and sometimes snow in winter. A key part to this design is to create an envelope which keeps the weather outside, and the building clean and tidy.

Essential to this strategy was a durable entrance matting system which is not only long lasting and robust enough to withstand trolleys and bags day in and day out, but is also effective in all weather conditions to prevent dirt and moisture being walked into the terminal. So Architects Warren & Mahoney called on Advance Flooring Systems to provide the optimal solution.

Advance Flooring recommended their Extra-Wide, Extra-Absorbent, and Extra-Safe “ExtraTread” entrance matting system. Advance Entrance matting systems utilize a polyamide insert which carries a European Class 33 Commercial Wear rating, which is the best you can get.

ExtraTread matting systems are installed on both the public and the tarmac entrances to the building, occupying the entire wind-foyer in both cases. These mats measure roughly 4m x 6m and 5m x 7m respectively, to maximize the number of steps visitors take on the matting before entering the building.

ExtraTread features wider carpet inserts with high performance polyamide infills that not only absorb up to 85% of the dirt and moisture tramped through the doors, but are engineered to exceed fire ratings. This results in a surface that’s hard working, easy to maintain, and safer, significantly reducing the risk of slips and spills.

Arguably the first impressions people will have of the airport will come when they step on our ExtraTread Entrance Matting System.

ExtraTread is manufactured and installed by Advance Flooring Systems, NZ’s leading supplier of innovative commercial flooring and entrance matting systems, servicing New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific. For more information please contact us Tel: 0508 238 262. Or visit us online at