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Of 142 who responded to the question of how supportive they were, 28 were extremely supportive, 27 were very supportive and 19 were somewhat supportive, while 49 (34%) were not supportive and 19 did not know enough to comment.
However, 72% favoured the return of domestic flights to Wanaka Airport, and several said they would prefer smaller, non-jet aircraft.
The Queenstown Airport Corporation is investigating development of Wanaka Airport to cope with a projected big increase in visitors to the Lakes District over the next 25 years.
The top concern about expanding Wanaka Airport was it would ``change the fabric of the Wanaka community'', followed by concerns about noise, rising visitor numbers and the population ``getting too big''.
The biggest advantage was seen to be easier commuting for business purposes, followed by a boost to the local economy and increased infrastructure.
One respondent commented: ``It would be wrong to support this [expansion] on the basis of personal business benefits. Basing decisions on increased income is selfish and plain wrong.''