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Community-fostered vision to develop Wanaka Airport as a sustainable aviation hub for the region welcomed by Queenstown Airport

December 9, 2017 Airport No Comments Email Email

Queenstown Airport today welcomed a community-fostered vision to develop Wanaka Airport as a “sustainable aviation hub for the region”.

 The vision and recommendations on how to achieve this goal are just some of the findings released as part of the Shaping Our Future Upper Clutha Transport taskforce, which has developed a vision for success for the region’s transport industry looking to 2050 and beyond. 

Following a number of sessions in Wanaka with over 120 members of the local community, the taskforce’s final report includes a specific vision for air transport and connectivity. 

The vision for air connectivity has been defined as “Wanaka Airport is a destination for high yielding innovative businesses creating a sustainable aviation hub for the region.” 

Queenstown Airport Chief Executive Colin Keel supports the initiative saying the taskforce’s vision was “an important part of the community’s input into the future development of Wanaka Airport”. 

“We see Wanaka Airport playing a crucial role in the region’s transport connectivity and support the forum’s recommendation to develop Wanaka Airport into a ‘centre for aviation excellence’, which contributes positively to the regional economy.”

 “We are currently working with QLDC on a governance model for Wanaka Airport which incorporates feedback from Upper Clutha council representatives and Wanaka Airport users to ensure the needs and wishes of the local community are represented in the future of the airport.” 

“We also secured over 150 hectares of land adjacent to Wanaka Airport late last year, future proofing the airport for potential development.  As part of our 30-Year Master Plan for Queenstown Airport, we have stated that Wanaka Airport will be developed in a complementary way to Queenstown Airport and we very much see this as the key to the success of our ‘Two Airport, One Airport Company’ strategy. 

“The taskforce report is a great piece of work, especially as it’s been driven by members of the local community.  It’s given us a good steer on the sentiment of the Upper Clutha community and we look forward to engaging with all communities we serve on the future of Wanaka Airport next year”, added Mr Keel. 

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