Air­port seeks feed­back

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MAR­JORIE COOK

The Wanaka com­mu­nity has iden­ti­fied four key themes it would like lease­holder Queenstown Air­port Cor­po­ra­tion to study fur­ther as it writes its 2045 mas­ter plan for Wanaka Air­port.

More than 140 peo­ple at­tended two mas­ter plan­ning work­shops on May 21-22 and gave feed­back on the air­port’s po­ten­tial for de­vel­op­ment.

The par­tic­i­pants fo­cused on cre­at­ing a vi­brant busi­ness hub, Gov­ern­ment part­ner­ships, pro­tect­ing gen­eral avi­a­tion and cre­at­ing a ‘‘world class ex­am­ple of air­port de­vel­op­ment’’.

Com­mu­ni­ca­tions ad­viser Naomi Lind­say said the air­port had now launched an on­line sur­vey and wanted to hear more about those themes, as well as sched­uled ser­vices, and con­cerns and op­por­tu­ni­ties for growth out­side sched­uled ser­vices.

The sur­vey is the air­port’s ‘‘fi­nal tool in phase one of the en­gage­ment’’ and more con­sul­ta­tion phases will fol­low.

The sur­vey and other on­line tools will be open un­til July 8 at 5pm.

‘‘We en­cour­age all mem­bers of the com­mu­nity to have their say on the themes that came out of the com­mu­nity work­shops.

‘‘While this is very much phase one, this is a very im­por­tant part of the process and we’re in­ter­ested in hear­ing what the com­mu­nity thinks about growth,’’ Lind­say said.

Wanaka Air­port’s role as a com­ple­men­tary air­port for the in­creas­ingly busy Queenstown Air­port has been ac­knowl­edged sev­eral times re­cently.

Last year deputy mayor Calum MacLeod out­lined a growth sce­nario sug­gest­ing Wanaka Air­port could be cater­ing for about 2 mil­lion pas­sen­ger move­ments in 2045.

Air New Zealand has been eye­ing up sched­uled flights for Wanaka.

But Queenstown Air­port Cor­po­ra­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Colin Keel says Wanaka Air­port’s in­fra­struc­ture must be up­graded first.

Wanaka Air­port also needs to air­port cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

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