2020 was a year full of surprises for everyone one of the surprises was under code name Oscar a plan to build a fully operational International Airport in Tarras located in the Otago region.
Why was this such a suprise?
Well plan Oscar was pushed forward by none other than Christchurch International Airport (CIAL) located over 300 km away leaving most of New Zealand stunned but no one more than Queenstown Airport now plan Oscar isn’t anything new about 30 years ago the idea of a new airport in Tarras was brought up for discussion as its clear that current demand on Queenstown is at capacity and without room to expand due to the awkward placement of the Airport left Queenstown limited to Movement daily Tarras would allow Tourist visiting the Area to have a more direct route into Queenstown with a Half hour drive and Tarras would allow bigger jets to arrive into Otago rather than Auckland or Christchurch.
The news was kept private for many years as if anyone on the board of Queenstown had found out the plan for Tarras they would’ve jumped to stop it. The whole plan had taken Christchurch over 10 years to obtain the land for the plan to happen after doing so locals heard rumors that a large Corporate company had purchased the land leading to CIAL CEO John Malcom reveling the news to New Zealand.
Well after revealing the plans to public CIAL have received nothing but Negative feedback many people feel that having a operational Airport in an area rich for its winery’s would Negatively impact the natural environment with many people also disliking that the area will grow in population forcing many generation farmers outa there land this has lead to many protest against CIAL with protesters playing dead on streets.
CIAL The Promise To "To Tatou Whenua"
When it comes to the Environment CIAL is very experienced in being Environmentally sustainable having Achieved the Highest level of recognition along with very few Airports having this award CIAL can be held to the promise of running a sustainable Airport. On the positive side of the Airport allowing it to go ahead in construction would create many new jobs in times where unemployment around the world is huge the Otago region would have millions of dollars pumped into the economy and local businesses creating much wealth to Locals.
So what’s your thoughts on plan Oscar?