Wanaka jet park plan

Se­cu­rity con­cerns about over­flow park­ing

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By JOHN EDENS

Wanaka Air­port has po­ten­tial for use as an over­flow park for pri­vate and cor­po­rate jets be­cause Queen­stown Air­port of­ten runs out of space. Queen­stown Air­port chief ex­ec­u­tive Scott Pater­son told coun­cil­lors at a meet­ing last month that Wanaka was an at­trac­tive over­flow op­tion for cor­po­rate jets. But be­fore a de­ci­sion on us­ing the aero­drome as an over­flow there needed to be a re­view of se­cu­rity ar­range­ments at Wanaka as this was a key con­sid­er­a­tion for cor­po­rate and pri­vate jets. Dur­ing peak sea­son, cor­po­rate and pri­vate jets some­times strug­gle to find park­ing space at Queen­stown Air­port and oc­ca­sion­ally fly to Dunedin or other air­ports once pas­sen­gers dis­em­bark. Speak­ing to the Mir­ror, Mr Pater­son said park­ing was of­ten at a pre­mium dur­ing peak win­ter and sum­mer sea­sons. ‘‘We are ex­plor­ing op­tions around air­craft ar­riv­ing in Queen­stown, pas­sen­gers be­ing dis­charged here then the air­craft repo­si­tion­ing it­self to Wanaka,’’ he said. Air­craft from a do­mes­tic de­par­ture desti­na­tion could fly di­rectly to Wanaka but any in­ter­na­tional pri­vate jets land at Queen­stown. The key con­sid­er­a­tion for cor­po­rate cus­tomers was se­cu­rity and the air­port was in­ves­ti­gat­ing the fea­si­bil­ity of perime­ter fenc­ing at Wanaka and the use of pri­vate se­cu­rity.

Over­flow: Cor­po­rate jets now park­ing at Queen­stown Air­port could go to Wanaka.

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