West Auckland airport expansion plans receive support
The small town of Parakai, with less than 2000 population, is 50km from the Auckland city centre and plans to expand it’s airfield with new charter services. At the moment, the airport is mostly used for pilot training and sky diving, with aircraft less than 5.7 tonnes. The airport now hopes that small commuter services could operate from the airport, and that charter flights could return.
Helensville township’s Member of Parliament has said the prospect of more jobs and better infrastructure would be welcomed, but locals pointed out that locals are concerned about the noise and extra traffic caused by the development. He said that the development will have to be the subject of full consultation with the local population.
The airport says it plans to grow at a reasonable rate and will include expert and public consultation, developing business cases, raising funds seeking resource consents and strengthening the existing facilities.
Their first stage would be to improve the existing runway and buildings. Some of the airport’s buildings date back to the airport’s beginnings in the early 1980s. The West Auckland Airport catchment areas in the north west of Auckland are undergoing major residential expansion and expected to increase by 120,000 over the next two decades.
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