14 Apr 2004
Most people in Waitakere, on the North Shore and in Rodney District want commercial flights to begin from Whenuapai as soon as possible.
The government has announced that the Airforce will leave its base at Whenuapai by 2005. In order to fill the estimated $250million a year economic loss, Waitakere City Council want the base retained as a commercial airport.
In a just completed survey, two thirds of people want the Government to make a prompt decision.
Of the 1200 people surveyed (by TNS in a study commissioned by Infratil), 64% are in favour of prompt Government action, a further 12% would not mind either way, 22% are opposed, and 3% expressed no opinion.
"A majority of people in the North and West want commercial flights in and out of Whenuapai as soon as possible, and they want the Government to make the necessary decisions promptly," says Infratil spokesman Tim Brown.
Mr Brown said airlines also want a prompt decision on the Intratil/Waitakere City proposal for a commercial airport at Whenuapai, so they could have certainty about an Auckland base.
"Vested interests should not be allowed to destroy a development, which has so much to offer Auckland, by pushing for further delay."
"Much has been made of local resident concern about noise from commercial flights, but the survey shows only 5% of residents oppose a commercial airport at Whenuapai for this reason, and a third of these people would withdraw their opposition if the noise was not significantly greater than at present."
Mr Brown said every professional poll done to measure attitudes to potential uses for the airport land at Whenuapai showed that a commercial airport was strongly supported in the Auckland region. Kaipara District Council and business in the North and West were also strongly supportive.
OTHER FINDINGS FROM THE SURVEY INCLUDE:-
For the full results of the survey view as PDF(file size 148KB)
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