7 Jul 2011

Disappointment at removal of aircraft cap

11:02 am on 7 July 2011

The national organisation for tramping and alpine clubs is upset that a cap on aircraft landings at Milford aerodrome has been removed.

The concept was introduced under the Fiordland National Park management plan in 2007 as a way of managing the adverse effects of aircraft activity.

Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson has lifted the cap, saying it could have put air operators out of business without addressing the impact of their activities on the environment.

She says the Department of Conservation will now work with the tourism and aviation industries on the best ways to reduce noise levels.

Federated Mountain Clubs president Richard Davies says the limit was introduced following a robust consultation process and it's disappointing that the industry has gone to the minister and had it removed.