A new regional airport would create fresh opportunity for the Central Otago region.
One of New Zealand's fastest growing areas, Central Otago's existing airport infrastructure won't meet its future needs.
This is not the first time this challenge has been recognised or potential solutions investigated.
Christchurch Airport is the first to fully explore the opportunity to deliver a new regional airport.
Our 800-hectare site at Tarras is strategically located. Bordered by two State Highways, it's accessible to multiple regions and large enough to meet their aviation needs for the next 50+ years while meeting New Zealand's Net Zero 2050 goal.
By exploring and planning now, we can maximise the social and economic benefits the project would deliver and minimise its impacts. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to make sure Central Otago's future generations can enjoy all the benefits of high-quality air connectivity.
It is about designing a sustainable, 21st century airport that Central Otago can be proud of.