Work has begun on $800,000 of extensions to Queenstown
Airport's international arrivals hall and the airport's
baggage claim area, ahead of a more comprehensive extension
that is expected to begin towards the end of this year.
Air New Zealand, which has been critical of the proposed
strategic alliance between Queenstown and Auckland airports,
intends forging ahead with a request for a High Court
judicial review of the process.
More than $60,000 has been spent by the Queenstown Lakes
District Council in legal fees and litigation costs between
January 1 and February 28 over the controversial strategic
alliance between Queenstown and Auckland Airports.
Queenstown Chamber of Commerce chairman Alistair Porter says
scrapping "misconceived" plans to sell a greater slice of
Queenstown Airport shares to Auckland Airport will be good
for the Queenstown community.
It is hoped a visit
by Chinese airline and government officials, travel
wholesalers and media to Queenstown next month will translate
quickly into more high-spending Asian visitors to the Lakes
Queenstown airport needs 19.1ha of land owned by Remarkables
Park Ltd to free up space for its terminal expansion and
allow it to develop an aviation park for 10 commercial
operators and corporate jets, the airport's chief says.