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Dunedin Airport management says it has no plans to extend its runway, despite major entertainers booked at the Forsyth Barr Stadium having to truck their gear from Christchurch.
However, it said the runway could be extended in future if daily demand, rather than occasional demand, made it worthwhile.
For the recent Pink concert in Dunedin, the two 747s and one 767 needed to carry the almost 70 tonnes of set equipment were too big for Dunedin Airport.
The set had to be flown to Christchurch, loaded on to trucks, and freighted by road.
A flight south for passengers to view the Aurora Australis this year had to take off from Christchurch, as Air New Zealand had retired its last Boeing 767, the only long-haul plane that could land and take off from Dunedin's shorter runway.
Asked about the future of the runway, business development general manager Megan Crawford said the airport was not considering extending it for larger aircraft.
"There is no airline asking us to consider this.
"Airports do not build runways thinking planes will come.
"Instead airports are an important part of an integrated visitor economy which promotes a destination that drives demand."
Capacity was offered by planes that best supported the yields sought by airlines.
The airport had a transtasman flight from Brisbane and had achieved an overall 20% lift in passenger numbers over the past three years.
However, she said the situation could change in future "should the market change".
"We are not constrained by land as Queenstown and Wellington airports are.
"But demand has to exist, not just occasional demand but daily demand in planes both arriving and leaving our city."
Ms Crawford's comments follow a report yesterday that the Christchurch City Council plans to allocate $220 million of a $300 million government handout towards a new 30,000-seat covered stadium tomorrow.