October 1, 2008

Airport Plan Approved

By JAMIESON, Debbie in Wanaka

THE Queenstown Lakes District Council has approved a new master plan for the Wanaka Airport, allowing the airport to prepare itself for the next 30 years of development.

Former airport manager Tim Johnston said the plan allowed for a rise from 650 passengers a day to up to 1650 in 2036 and facilities to cope with ATRs and Boeing 737s.

The future governance of the airport, currently managed by a committee of council, was still under review, he said.

ueenstown Mayor Clive Geddes said ultimately the growth would depend on the commercial decisions of airlines.

Also approved at yesterday's council meeting, held in Wanaka, was a $20,000 loan guarantee for the Arrowtown Community Preschool.

The preschool is using the money to build new premises catering for children under the age of 3.

Councillor John Mann said he was concerned the council was opening a Pandora's Box with the potential for any sports club or scout group to make similar requests of the council.

But Mr Geddes said this was a specific case that did not receive other support from the council.

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