Queenstown night flights game changer for tourism

Friday, February 12, 2016

Parliamentary Private Sectary for Tourism and Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean has welcomed progress being made on Queenstown Airport's airfield to allow evening flights saying it has huge potential for tourism growth in the region.

“These airfield improvements are really exciting as they pave the way for the first evening flights in and out of Queenstown this winter.

“Not only will it be a milestone for Queenstown Airport, but it will also allow increased visitor numbers to come to the region, particularly during the popular winter ski season. It’s really a game changer for the local tourism industry.

“The number of visitors wanting to experience Queenstown, Wanaka and the Central Otago region continues to grow and this development is only going to make it easier for people to get here.

“Evening flights are also expected to improve passenger flexibility and choice at a time when visitor numbers continue to grow.

“While for leisure travellers it will make weekend holidays from places like Australia and Auckland possible year-round and it will give business people more travel options.

It was also pleasing that the $18 million project, due to be completed in April, had a key focus on safety with the New Zealand’s Civil Aviation Authority imposing strict guidelines, Mrs Dean said.


Authorised by Jacqui Dean MP, 127 Thames Street, Oamaru