Wellington Airport delays runway extension request

8:40 pm on 9 September 2016

Wellington Airport has called a temporary halt on applying for resource consent for its controversial runway extension.

Wellington Airport after a radar fault grounded planes on 23 June 2015.

Wellington Airport Photo: RNZ / Alexander Robertson

The airport company said it had called a pause of a few weeks to make sure its application took proper account of all the public submissions.

Two thirds of the more than 700 submissions opposed the project, citing environmental concerns, construction noise and the cost.

The airport's communications general manager, Greg Thomas, said this was not a case of getting it wrong and going back to the drawing board.

"You just want to be able to make sure you've done the due diligence, identified all the issues in the submissions and make sure your application has covered off and addressed all of the questions that have been raised in the submissions."

Mayoral candidate Helene Ritchie said the fight against the extension would go on until the application, once it was made, was either completely withdrawn from the Environment Court or thrown out.

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