WLG keen to extend runway
Wellington City Council is pushing for Wellington Airport to move ahead with plans to extend the runway by about 100 metres to open up the capital for longhaul flights.
The council says such flights, particularly to Southeast Asia, would provide business and tourism opportunities worth millions of dollars a year to the city. The mayor would reportedly like to see the airport – 34% owned by the council – push ahead with long-term plans to extend the runway to the north over Cobham Drive. The airport's 2030 master plan outlines a
100-metre extension to the north, and a 500-metre extension to the south. Wellington Airport chief commercial officer Matt Clarke confirmed to the Dominion Post that talks had been held but there were no current plans to extend the runway.