Simple Flying - Luke Bodell

The finalized master plan will be published at the end of the year.

New Zealand's Queenstown Airport has released its draft master plan for public consultation, which includes a terminal extension, parallel taxiway, improved transit connections and much more. Let's take a closer look below.

Following the release of its 10-year strategic plan last year, Queenstown International Airport's (ZQN) master plan provides the roadmap to make this vision a reality. The $350 million draft plan proposes a range of improvements "to be delivered incrementally" over the next 10 years.

The airport's existing terminal facility will be expanded by around 15% - from 18,000 sq m to 21,000 sq m - to accommodate growth estimates, which will see footfall rise from 2.4 million to 3.2 million per year by 2032. Other proposals include a new parallel taxiway, the relocation of general aviation facilities further away from residential areas, an extra aircraft parking stand and the installation of Engineered Materials Arresting Systems (EMAS) at the ends of each runway - a first for Australasia.

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