29 Apr 2019

Queenstown Airport's future up for discussion tonight

5:45 pm on 29 April 2019

Plans to relocate Queenstown's airport and redevelop the area will be discussed at a public meeting tonight.

Passengers board commercial jet at Queenstown Airport.

Queenstown Airport Photo: 123RF

The meeting follows strong opposition to the airport's expansion plans and concerns about the future of Wanaka airport.

Architects and urban planners Gillian Macleod and David Jerram will speak about their plans to relocate the airport and redevelop the Frankton area.

Kelvin Peninsula Community Association chairperson David Mayhew said it was "blue sky thinking", and all options needed to be considered by the community.

"Can a community growing at the rate that Queenstown is cope with the pressure of growth and at the same time cope with having the airport now effectively being in the middle of the community? Because, if you look at the way that Queenstown's developed, the centre of gravity is moving from Queenstown Bay to Frankton," Mr Mayhew said.

Councillor and Frankton resident Alexa Forbes will attend the meeting, and said these types of proposals needed to be considered with an open mind.

"I'm really pleased with the level of engagement," Ms Forbes said.

"They are, I think, really upset at the thought of having to make way for more noise and more airport activity."

The association and Frankton Community Association will host the meeting from 8pm at the Remarkables Primary School.

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