Aircraft noise is an issue for airports all over the world, and managing aircraft noise is a shared responsibility. We work closely with the aviation industry to ensure our efforts are best practice. New generation aircraft are larger, quieter, more efficient and are helping to reduce aircraft noise. Their larger capacity also means that although passenger numbers are increasing, the number of flights at the airport is increasing at a slower rate.
Queenstown Airport connects both domestic and trans-Tasman ports directly with the Southern Lakes region, providing easy access to Queenstown, one of the world’s premium visitor destinations, and to some of New Zealand’s most renowned scenery and visitor experiences. We’re very mindful of the impact the airport operations have on our neighbours so we want to be proactive in helping them future-proof their homes.
Queenstown Airport’s operating hours are 6am until 10pm however, to ensure that we continue to operate in a socially responsible manner and consider the impact on our neighbouring communities, QAC has determined that it will constrain any arrivals or departures prior to 7am. Arrivals or Departures between 6am and 7am will only be permitted by prior arrangement with the General Manager – Operations and Safety and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.