Queenstown Airport is one of Australasia’s fastest growing airports and is ranked as the fourth busiest of New Zealand’s airports for passengers. It hosts around 1.4 million visitors through the terminal a year.


Located in Frankton, 10 minutes from the internationally renowned four-season resort of Queenstown, the airport services the surrounding region with daily domestic flights to/from the international gateways of Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington and regular trans-Tasman flights. It is a bustling commercial hub with more than 350 people working at some 60-tenant businesses operating inside the terminal building and within the wider airport perimeter.

Queenstown Airport is also New Zealand’s busiest helicopter base and is heavily used for tourist ‘flightseeing’, especially to Milford Sound and Mount Cook, on fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft.

In 2014 Queenstown Airport was named Major Airport of the Year by New Zealand Airports Association. The award was in recognition of its major achievement in winning approval from New Zealand’s Civil Aviation Authority and Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority for the foundation safety case for after-dark flights into the airport.

Queenstown Airport Corporation

Queenstown Airport Corporation (QAC) was incorporated in 1988 and is responsible for operating Queenstown Airport, ensuring this regional and national infrastructure asset is efficient, operationally robust and provides value for money. QAC strives to deliver world-class facilities and an outstanding passenger experience, and reflect the best of what our region has to offer.

The company is owned:

  • 75.1% by Queenstown Lakes District Council 
  • 24.9% by Auckland International Airport Limited

QAC also provides airport and property expertise to the Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) in relation to the management of Wanaka Airport and the Glenorchy Aerodrome.

Management Team

SCOTT PATERSON
Chief Executive Officer

MARK EDGHILL
Chief Financial Officer

MIKE CLAY
General Manager Operations

MATTHEW DAY
Commercial Manager

JEN ANDREWS
Communications Manager

AIDEEN TINNEY
Landside Operations Manager

TERRY DOWER
Airside Operations Manager

BILL WRIGLEY
Airport Rescue Fire Manager

Board of Directors

JOHN GILKS (Chairman)

JAMES HADLEY

GRANT LILLY

MICHAEL STIASSNY

NORM THOMPSON