From Wanaka Sun (page 5) 13 April 2017
Decision advances Airport expansion
The Environment Court has made its final decision on the designation of land next to the airport in Frankton, enabling the expansion of the airport.
The designation will enable Queenstown Airport Corporation to expand the airport alongside and to the south of the main runway.
QAC chief executive Colin Keel said the Court’s decision recognises that the 16ha of additional land sought by Queenstown Airport is needed for future airport development.
“This decision allows us all to move forward and progress the development of a truly world-class airport to service the communities across the region and provide value to them, our visitors, the airport community and local businesses. The decision creates the opportunity to build general aviation precincts away from our closest neighbours and opens up potential for further development, including building a taxiway parallel to the runway. This would significantly improve the customer experience and overall efficiency because aircraft would no longer need to use the main runway for taxiing.”
The Queenstown Airport has been seeking to acquire this parcel of land (known as “Lot 6”) since 2008.
“With this decision, we can now progress to the next phase of the process and discussions with the landowner, Remarkables Park Ltd, to advance the development of Queenstown Airport,” Colin said.
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