Queenstown Airport

Queenstown flights - Timeline

Queenstown flights - Timeline

Jetstar's announcement this week of 72,000 more seats into Queenstown from new Gold Coast, Melbourne and Auckland services in mid-December is the latest in a series of new Queenstown flights provided over the past year.

New flights link Japan to Queenstown

New flights link Japan to Queenstown

New flights from the Gold Coast to Queenstown revealed this week could have the knock-on effect of revitalising the dormant Japanese snowsports market in the Wakatipu.

Opponents critical

The Queenstown Lakes District Council had been "hoodwinked" and the deal the Queenstown Airport Corporation (QAC) had done with Auckland International Airport Ltd (AIAL) was "cute", Queenstown businessman John Martin said yesterday.

Flying blind

Flying blind

The need for Queenstown Airport to expand in keeping with increasing demand is manifest: the lakes district is the fastest growing area in the South and, reliant on the visitor trade as it largely is, the means must be found to ensure services match growth.

Airport proves it can handle heavy traffic

Airport proves it can handle heavy traffic

Growth is predicted for Queenstown Airport after last week's deal with Auckland Airport, but the resort's international airport is already in growth mode.

Airport Corporation happy with price

Airport Corporation happy with price

The Queenstown Airport Corporation's board of directors chose not to offer airport shares on the open market because they were satisfied with the $27.7 million price agreed with Auckland International Airport Ltd for its 24.99% stake in Queenstown Airport.

Technology will reduce diversions

Jetstar estimates the number of flight diversions into Queenstown Airport due to bad weather will reduce from more than 10% to less than 1%, following the installation of the latest Required Navigation Performance (RNP) equipment in its entire New Zealand fleet.

Divided over airport sale

Divided over airport sale

Queenstown Lakes district councillors were divided into two camps yesterday as fallout continued from the surprise sale of a quarter of Queenstown Airport shares, worth $27.7 million, announced on Thursday.

No rates relief from airport deal

No rates relief from airport deal

Proceeds from Auckland International Airport's $27.7 million investment in Queenstown Airport will not alleviate this year's average 7.7% rates rise for the Queenstown Lakes district, and nor should it, Mayor Clive Geddes said yesterday.

Airport alliance under fire

Airport alliance under fire

A $27 million deal to sell a quarter-share in Queenstown Airport without consulting ratepayers first was criticised yesterday by former mayor Warren Cooper as "deeply disturbing" and mayoral aspirant Vanessa van Uden, who said the process "sucked".

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