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