Local bodies seek feedback on Wanaka Airport expansion plans

Local bodies seek feedback on Wanaka Airport expansion plans


November 21, 2018. For immediate release

The Ignite Wanaka Chamber of Commerce and Lake Wanaka Tourism have today released a joint survey seeking the opinions of its memberships on the future of Wanaka Airport.

The survey has been distributed to 231 Ignite Wanaka and 480 Lake Wanaka Tourism members to gauge opinions on expansion of the airport and the potential impact on local businesses and tourism.

Ignite Wanaka board chair Bridget Legnavsky says the survey is an information-gathering exercise to help ascertain the Chamber’s position on the future development of Wanaka Airport.

“We are aware that there are a lot of mixed opinions about the future of Wanaka Airport in the community at present and we are inviting our members to contribute their thoughts in an informal survey,” she says. “We want to know what our members already know about Wanaka Airport, how often they travel for business and how they anticipate future development of the airport will change their business.”

Other information collected in the survey includes whether or not members are in favour of domestic flights in and out of Wanaka, as well as their concerns and predicted benefits of airport growth. The feedback from the survey will be shared with members and the public once collated early next year.

“The future of Wanaka Airport is still up in the air at this point and we need to find out how our members feel about it,” adds Lake Wanaka Tourism general manager James Helmore.

“It’s important for both the Chamber and Lake Wanaka Tourism to instigate the dialogue with our members and affiliates so both organisations can base our respective positions in line with the overall opinions of our memberships.”

The Queenstown Airport Corporation is currently working on the Wanaka Airport Masterplan which is expected to be complete by September 2019. Feedback on the May 2018 community engagement ‘blue sky’ thinking was released by QAC last week.


For further information, please contact:
Ignite Wanaka board chair Bridget Legnavsky: 027 550 0818
Lake Wanaka Tourism general manager James Helmore: 021 229 1607

Written by Celia Crosbie

Celia is an award-winning journalist who has worked for newspapers and radio stations in New Zealand and magazines in the United Kingdom. She has worked in public relations in both NZ and London. Celia also specialises in digital media strategy and website copywriting for SEO.