Interest in Alexandra airport rising
indication from council whether we hang on to the airport or let it go. I know what I would like to see. I believe it has got a future but it needs investment.’’
Councillors questioned the airport’s ability to be self-funding.
The airport’s income from lease rental was $20,000, but that could increase to about $35,000 with rentals from the proposed new hangars.
Income could also be generated from surrounding land being leased to farmers, and other ventures such as drag racing.
‘‘It seems like a lot of money to let rich boys play with their toys,’’ Councillor Shirley Calvert said.
Council property and facilities manager Mike Kerr said it was more about what those people would bring to the area. ‘‘They will be living here...’’ The council approval the plan in principle, with the condition the airport become self-funding.
Taking off: An upsurge in interest in aviation circles in the Alexandra airport has prompted council staff to revise a concept plan for the airport.