Queenstown Airport Corporation chief executive Scott Paterson (left) with Destination Queenstown chief executive Graham Budd, Queenstown Lakes Mayor Vanessa van Uden, Air Center One chief executive Rob Leach and Clutha-Southland MP and deputy prime minister Bill English at the official
opening of Queenstown's Corporate Jet Services terminal last night. Photo by Tracey Roxburgh
VBore Queenstown's $200,000 Corporate Jet Services terminal
was even officially opened by Clutha-Southland MP and deputy
prime minister Bill English last night, a larger, more
permanent structure was already being discussed.
The fixed-based operation on leased land was announced by
Queenstown Airport Corporation in November and had been
developed by Auckland corporate jet handling company Air
Center One and Capital Jet Services, of Wellington.
The small building caters for up to eight passengers along
with crew and was designed to make their transition through
Customs and Immigration as efficient as possible.
It is intended as a stopgap facility for the next three
years, pending the resolution of land acquisition plans by
QAC, with a larger, multimillion-dollar, purpose-built
operation proposed for land known as Lot 6, presently owned
by Remarkables Park Ltd.
Air Center One chief executive Rob Leach told invited guests
last night 34 corporate jets had arrived in New Zealand so
far this year, 24 of those landing in Queenstown.
At a conference in Florida earlier this year Mr Leach
addressed 675 corporate jet owners: ''every one is looking to
come to New Zealand at some stage''.
''They know there are services here for them, [it's] a safe
country, [with] a stable government and a diverse and
Mr Leach said he was looking forward to the resolution of
''the land issues'' so progress could be made on the
permanent facility. Queenstown Airport chief executive Scott
Paterson said the terminal was ''long overdue'' for the
airport and Queenstown.
''We have big plans for the corporate jet market.
''[That market] is important to Queenstown and it clearly is
important to New Zealand.
''I know we can do a lot with the corporate jet market in
Queenstown ... up until now we've been a bit shy to promote
it because we haven't had the facilities.''
Earlier this week the airport announced the aviation
authorities had approved the foundation safety case for
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