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QAC granted Requiring Authority Status for Wanaka Airport

Queenstown Airport Corporation has been approved as the Requiring Authority for Wanaka Airport.

QAC has managed Wanaka Airport since 2009. Last year, Queenstown Lakes District Council granted QAC a 100-year lease of Wanaka Airport, after a public consultation process. The lease commenced on April 1, 2018.

As the long-term leaseholder, on April 1 QAC lodged an application with the Ministry for the Environment under Section 167 of the Resource Management Act 1991 to become the ‘Requiring Authority’ in relation to Wanaka Airport. The application was supported by QLDC, as the existing Requiring Authority and designation holder. The approval decision will take effect on September 5.

"This approval recognises QAC as the Airport Authority responsible for the operation, maintenance and development of Wanaka Airport," says general manager property and planning Rachel Tregidga.

"It is routine for infrastructure providers, including airport operators, to hold Requiring Authority status because it enables them to operate efficiently and utilise the existing designation provisions of the Resource Management Act."

Any changes to the existing designations that are considered more than minor, would need to go through a public submission process with an opportunity for community feedback.

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