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New Zealand Airports Association Conference

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17 November 2006

New Zealand Airports Association Conference commits to infrastructure investment and development of environmental sustainability strategy

The first day of the inaugural New Zealand Airports Association (NZAA) conference ended yesterday with a panel of airport CEOs taking questions on airport economics and investment, border agencies and passenger screening technologies, tourism taxes, environmental sustainability, new aircraft types, low cost carriers and airport service quality.

A key outcome of the airport CEO forum was a strong commitment to continuing with infrastructure investment. A number of airports around the country have $790 million either currently committed, just spent or planned for the future. This investment goes towards terminal development, runway extensions and other developments to facilitate an efficient, safe and secure aviation sector for the benefit of all New Zealanders and the country’s tourism industry.

The CEO forum resulted in a commitment to develop a strategy to address the environmental sustainability of New Zealand airports.

“The NZAA has taken on board the issue of environmental sustainability and is committed to working with airlines and other aviation industry partners to meet the challenges of global warming and to mitigate its effect,” said Graeme Ware, NZAA Chairman.

“The strategy will be developed over the next four to six months and presented to members by mid 2007.”

The CEO forum panel comprised of Simon Draper, CEO Wellington International Airport, Don Huse, CEO Auckland International Airport Limited, John McCall, Dunedin International Airport and Chris Read, CEO Queenstown Airport.

The inaugural NZAA conference ends today.


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