Air­port ex­ten­sion

The Dominion Post - - Opinion -

I am try­ing hard to un­der­stand why the ex­ten­sion of Welling­ton Air­port is be­ing al­lowed to pro­ceed (China run­way deal cov­ers tourism, Nov 14).

Cook Strait is one of the worst ar­eas in New Zealand for earth­quake faults with new ones con­tin­u­ally be­ing dis­cov­ered. Is there a guar­an­tee that the drilling needed for the ex­ten­sion won’t kick start the ‘‘big one’’ that is des­tined to hit the Welling­ton area.

The city would be iso­lated and an al­most guar­an­tee that Welling­ton Air­port would be un­us­able.

The cost of $330 mil­lion as stated is only the start; it must in­clude any new roads re­quired to trans­port peo­ple to and from the air­port and the changes to ex­ist­ing roads that will re­quire al­ter­ation.

Why were the other op­tions not given more at­ten­tion?

Trans­mis­sion Gully is due to be com­pleted in 2020, giv­ing a fast route into Welling­ton city, and a north­ern air­port would give the abil­ity to fly in heavy ma­chin­ery that may be re­quired in an earth­quake.

Other cities, for ex­am­ple Mel­bourne, have had their in­ter­na­tional air­port out of the city for many years. BERYL KALE Waikanae

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