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Airport Investment will Provide a Boost to Economy

Airport Investment will Provide a Boost to Wellington Economy

The Wellington Regional Chamber of Commerce has welcomed the planned new infrastructure investment for Wellington Airport calling it a vote of confidence in the region’s future.

The Airport’s Draft Master Plan, a vision and framework for the development of the Airport site to 2030, was launched at a Chamber lunch today.

“The airport is a crucial part of Wellington’s infrastructure.  The proposed investment will help increase visitor numbers to Wellington and provide a boost to the region’s economy,” said Chamber CEO Charles Finny.

“The projected doubling of passenger numbers from 5 million to over 10 million by 2030 means Wellington Airport will need to be sizably larger than it is today.

“The investment is necessary to accommodate the expected increase in aeroplane, passenger and freight volumes.  At the same time it will facilitate growth in the region by increasing the attractiveness of Wellington as a place to live, work and do business.

“As an increasingly popular visitor destination, the development will also serve to enhance the experience of visitors to Wellington.

“We are hopeful that Wellington airport will soon be able to attract non-stop, long haul flights to Asia and beyond and this investment prepares the way for that.

“It is pleasing that this is a private sector driven investment.  As such it is a vote of confidence in the region’s future.

“International linkages are critical to the region’s future and it is essential and it is pleasing to see a company investing in something that helps bring people and businesses to Wellington,” Mr Finny concluded.


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