Controversial US cyclist Lance Armstrong is reported to
have arrived at Queenstown Airport last summer in this
private jet. If he flies over this summer, he could have
trouble finding a park for the plane.
Queenstown Airport may have ''no vacancy'' signs out for
private jets this summer, because of limited parking space.
Airport chief executive Scott Paterson spoke at Destination
Queenstown's final quarterly update for 2012 and revealed the
prospect of not having parking space for private jets worried
''We can land them but we can't park them.''
Mr Paterson said demand had increased and this could be the
first time there had been no space to park private jets at
Asked if the jets could land and park at Wanaka Airport, he
said the area lacked the necessary security.
Plans were afoot to extend the jet-parking area in Queenstown
by moving them to the south side of the runway, but this
process was going through the Environment Court. The land
required was owned by Remarkables Park Ltd.
Mr Paterson said unless the owners of the land and the
airport could agree upon a settlement, the court process must
Mr Paterson said ''we are very confident 2013 will be bigger
than 2012'' and believed Queenstown Airport was benefiting at
the expense of Christchurch.
This summer will be Mr Paterson's first in Queenstown, having
taken up the chief executive's position in March.
The Queenstown Lakes District Council's chief executive, Adam
Feeley, and Lakes Leisure's equivalent, Ruth Stokes, also
Ms Stokes started five weeks ago and Mr Feeley six weeks ago.
Mr Feeley said he has realised the ''huge cost'' of running
local government and firmly stated ''QLDC as an
organisation'' needed to ''go back to the basics''.
''We have got to be cost efficient. People have got to know
what we are spending money on.''
The two big contentious issues, he said, were to what extent
the council should become involved with economic issues, and
a proposed convention centre for the resort.
Earlier this week the council confirmed it had received
several proposals for a centre, following a request for
proposals in September.
The evaluation process would be completed as quickly as
possible, with the intention of informing the public of the
outcome in the new year.
Destination Queenstown chief executive Graham Budd capped off
the event with a presentation about the marketing work being
done both internationally and domestically to draw visitors
to the resort, and his recent visit to China.