Rocketing growth at Queenstown Airport has prompted a $40
million package of plans to extend its international arrival
hall, jet stands, runway lights and build a new taxiway over
the next three years.
Former mayor Warren Cooper has questioned why the Queenstown
Lakes District Council now wants to consult on the strategic
alliance between Queenstown and Auckland Airports, a deal he
regards as a "fait accompli" it having been announced in
airport strategic alliance, an issue that has divided the
community for the past five months, looks set to dominate
today's Queenstown Lakes District Council meeting, the last
Air New Zealand deputy
chief executive Norm Thompson yesterday welcomed a move by
the Queenstown Lakes District Council to seek independent
commercial advice on the strategic alliance between
Queenstown and Auckland airports.
Air New Zealand and the Queenstown Airport Corporation
yesterday briefly set aside their legal battles over the
controversial strategic alliance with Auckland Airport as
Queenstown's $4 million baggage-handling system was opened by
Deputy Prime Minister Bill English.
A call by the Queenstown
Community Strategic Asset Group for the Queenstown Lakes
District Council to stop being a defendant in the forthcoming
judicial review over the airport shares deal was "laughable
if the matters at hand were not so serious".