Deputy PM invited to open terminal

Deputy Prime Minister and Clutha-Southland MP Bill English has been invited to cut the ribbon and officially open the new terminal at Queenstown Airport on Friday.

Mr English is expected to join airport chief executive Scott Paterson and corporation board members, plus Queenstown Lakes Mayor Vanessa van Uden, councillors, senior council staff and representatives from tourism, business and the media in celebrating the milestone.

The busy summer schedule for the airport is also set to be announced.

The international departure lounge doubled international and domestic departure capacity when it opened on August 9, after four months of construction.

The 570sq m northeast expansion of the departure facility cost the bulk of the $4.2 million set aside for capital works which also included a new arrivals toilet block, the expansion of the departures toilet block and an oversize baggage reclaim unit.

It was one of the latest infrastucture developments commissioned at the airport to keep up with exceptional growth in passenger numbers.

A record number of 1,047,044 scheduled passengers travelled through the airport in the year ending June 30.

Amy Adams, Minister for Communications and Information Technology, is also scheduled to be in Queenstown on Friday, at an event in the Queenstown Resort College to mark the start of work to bring the ultrafast broadband network to Queenstown.


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