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Queenstown Airport begins expansion to handle evening flights

2 Nov 15 Queenstown Airport Corporation in New Zealand is starting a NZ$17m (£7.5m) series of airfield improvements to enable evening flights.

The airport’s main runway will be widened by 15m - from 30m to 45m - in accordance with conditions set down by New Zealand’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) when approving the safety case.  Once the runway has been widened, it will then be resurfaced.

The installation of a comprehensive lighting package including runway, taxiway, apron and approach lights – another key condition of evening flight regulatory approval – will also get under way this month. 

“These upgrades will not only give us a more robust, durable runway in all weathers, they will lay the groundwork for us to host evening flights in and out of Queenstown next winter which we believe will be a game-changer for the region,” said Queenstown Airport acting chief executive Mark Edghill.

The technical design of the project will be led by engineering firm Beca and the implementation will be managed by a construction team from Downer New Zealand.   

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