Wanaka community must have say on airport future

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean said the time was right to look to the future for Wanaka airport, but warned it was important that the local community was involved in the process.

“A report by Auckland aviation consultant Astral, for the Queenstown Lakes District Council, outlines several options to handle anticipated future growth.

“Talk of the airport becoming a general aviation hub, able to take flights diverted from Queenstown, is exciting and promising for Wanaka.

“However, while the report suggests the airport will likely be a ‘complementary and supplementary’ facility to Queenstown Airport, it would be wrong to assume Wanaka will always be the bridesmaid.

“With that in mind, I think it’s important that the Wanaka community is consulted on the future development and direction of its airport to ensure the right direction is plotted.

“As Wanaka continues to grow, the time is certainly right to be looking at the future of the town’s airport and for that the QLDC should be congratulated.

“Wanaka airport is an important asset for the area and its role will become increasingly significant as time and visitor numbers go on.”

 

Authorised by Jacqui Dean MP, 127 Thames Street, Oamaru