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.