Every region needs good infrastructure to function well.
As populations grow, that infrastructure needs to keep pace with increasing demand.
In the case of airports, constraints can stop locals connecting with other people and places.
Individuals find seats are harder to secure, prices increase and journeys become longer.
Constraints on airports also have negative environmental and economic impacts.
Addressing airport constraints can be challenging.
It often requires airports to expand their infrastructure (for example, runway) and many airports don’t have the land to be able to do so.
Surrounding topography and location can also prevent expansion.
Airports are best located away from urban populations so impacts can be managed and they have room to grow alongside their community (not on top of it).
Central Otago’s airports have served the region well, but the reality is they can’t grow to meet the fast-growing region’s long-term needs.