High­fly­ing fu­ture for air­port?

Otago Daily Times - - REGIONS - STAFF RE­PORTER

WORLD­CLASS, car­bon­neu­tral and ar­chi­tec­turally de­signed — just some of the descriptions of Wanaka Air­port in 2045, as imag­ined by 140 mem­bers of the pub­lic who took part in ‘‘com­mu­nity en­gage­ment work­shops’’ last month.

The work­shops were ar­ranged by the Queen­stown Air­port Author­ity, which leases Wanaka Air­port from the Queen­stown Lakes Dis­trict Coun­cil.

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com­mu­ni­ca­tions ad­viser Naomi Lind­say said those par­tic­i­pat­ing came up with four themes when asked what a suc­cess­ful air­port might look like in 2045.

It was seen to be a ‘‘a vi­brant, in­no­va­tive aero and busi­ness hub with di­verse user types and fa­cil­i­ties and high wage em­ploy­ment’’, she said.

As well, there would be proac­tive, well­planned and co­or­di­nated part­ner­ships with lo­cal and cen­tral gov­ern­ment to en­sure in­fra­struc­ture and trans­port con­nec­tiv­ity were kept up.

The ‘‘gen­eral avi­a­tion’’ com­mu­nity would be pro­tected and en­hanced, and recre­ational fly­ing would be main­tained and nur­tured in ‘‘har­mony with sched­uled ser­vices’’.

And, the air­port would be ‘‘a world­class ex­am­ple of air­port de­vel­op­ment’’ that was sus­tain­able, ar­chi­tec­tural­ly­de­signed, car­bon­neu­tral, in­no­va­tive and tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced.

Ms Lind­say said mem­bers of the pub­lic had un­til July 8 to make their thoughts known to the cor­po­ra­tion.

PHOTO: MICHAEL THOMAS

Wanaka Air­port could be­come a ‘‘vi­brant, in­no­va­tive aero and busi­ness hub’’.

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