Confirmation QAC’s Air Noise Boundary expansion plans ignore potential to double capacity within existing ANB
QAC response to We Love Wakatipu’s official information request, 14 April 2020
Check out QAC’s response to our second question – its ANB calculations and modelling are based on aircraft currently operating at ZQN, not the capacity and noise technology improvements already available to airlines. Combined, these could double passenger numbers within the existing ANB – which would meet QAC’s projected demand to 2045.
WLW sent its official information request to QAC the day before New Zealand’s borders were closed.
QAC’s response also confirms it has not formulated a business case relating to the dual airport strategy. Which helps explain why neither QAC nor QLDC know the costs and benefits of QAC’s $400 million-plus plans, for either entity, nor the political and financial risks thereof.
SO… despite strong community opposition, both QAC and QLDC are continuing to push for expansion of Queenstown Airport’ Air Noise Boundary when there is no need for it and no knowledge of its benefits or costs.