Airport seeks feedback
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.