NEWS SCOOP WELLINGTON – It’s official: Wellington Airport applies to extend runway by 350 metres

BusinessDesk report by Sophie Boot
Wellington International Airport has lodged an application with the Wellington City Council and the Greater Wellington Regional Council to extend its runway.

The airport is seeking permission to build a 350-metre runway extension in a bid to attract long-haul flights from Asia and the United States, at a cost of $300 million. The airport’s 66 percent controlling shareholder, Infratil, is pushing for central and local government funding to cover most of the capital costs, arguing the investment is in the national and regional interest while not being viable on a standalone commercial basis. Wellington City Council owns the remaining third.

In a media release, the airport’s chief executive Steve Sanderson said public feedback on the proposed extension had been encouraging, and the airport had been working to overcome people’s concerns.

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