Photo by James Beech.
More than 100 staff members, past and present, with
friends and supporters yesterday gathered outside the
Queenstown airport terminal building to mark the anniversary of
the first flight by the airline which is credited with ushering
in the modern era of tourism in the district.
Mount Cook Airlines 50th anniversary celebrants (from left)
Annabel Elworthy, nee Wigley, of Wanaka, one of three
daughters present of Queenstown commercial aviation pioneer
Sir Harry Wigley, with Queenstown Lakes Mayor Vanessa van
Uden, former Mt Cook Airlines pilot of 13 years Chris
Willett, of Arrowtown, Sally Middleton, nee Wigley, of
Wanaka, veteran Queenstown aviator and anniversary organiser
Jules Tapper, Mount Cook Airlines executive chairman during
the 1980s Norman Geary, of Queenstown, Jo Watson, nee Wigley,
of Wanaka, and Queenstown Airport chief executive Scott
Paterson, together after the unveiling of the commemorative
Guests enjoyed refreshments in an airport lounge after the
welcome by Mr Tapper and speeches by Ms van Uden, aviation
historian Rev Dr Richard Waugh and Mr Paterson.