longer airport runway will bring in more international visitors, and enhance business and education connections.

56% Feedback received that supports our overall plan

391 Number of times people have told us what they think about this idea

55% Feedback received that supports this idea

#1 Out of 28 ideas based on amount of feedback received.

Who would benefit most?

24% Local businesses
23% Visitors to Wellington
20% Local residents
17% Future generations
15% NZ as a whole
  • Local residents
  • Local businesses
  • Visitors to Wellington
  • NZ as a whole
  • Future generations
  • Other

How should we prioritise it?

44% Quite low
37% High
11% Quite high
5% Neutral
4% Low
  • Quite low
  • Low
  • Neutral
  • Quite high
  • High
  • Brian, Tawa

    I am opposed. Wellington is small on the international scale, and does not have the population for many airlines to see financial benefit in stopping here. Also, flying is the worst form of travel from a carbon emissions perspective. I would rather see the money spent on improving our rail services between Wellington and Auckland, and upgrading them to a higher speed and frequency, so they can better compete with air travel.

  • James, South Gate

    It's good, but it's in the wrong place... Almost all major cities in the world have their larger airports not in the city. Why Wellington is hell-bent on extending a small airport on reclaimed land, over building an expressway airport in the Hutt Valley (and stimulating an area of Greater Wellington that's dying) and having good connections (the tracks are almost to it already) is beyond me. $300 M could build close to a brand new, state of the art airport, connected by trains, so green, in an area that also suffers significantly less wind issues also than the current airport.

  • Greg, Khandallah

    Its loony, waste of Financial resources.

  • Nicole, Newlands

    I am supportive of the capital of New Zealand being able to be support international flights. However, has there been research undertaken to check the viability of shifting the airport to Kapiti Coast? Is the current airport location the best location? i.e. in terms of weather, current congestion, further future expansion etc.

  • Rebecca, Lyall Bay

    No proven benefits, dubious business case, a poor investment

  • William, Karori

    As an exporter resident in Wellington for 50 years this is absolutely critical to the region. I am sick of spending hours upon hours in Auckland, Sydney etc waiting for connections. Apart from helping people like me it will stop companies moving out (Icebreaker for one) and encourage more to move here particularly those that need to travel for business. A big plus for me!!

  • VK, Te Aro

    I don't see support from the airlines, without which it's an expensive mistake

  • Jane, Roseneath

    I don't think it is a good idea - I think it is a great idea and essential to the growth of Wellington

  • Anonymous, Other

    I think it is a great idea and should be fully supported.im sick of the country always flying to Auckland or Christchurch to travel over seas.
    it about time wellington caught up with the other airports

  • Patsy, Island Bay

    I think it's a fundamentally flawed concept - which lacks a solid business plan that the poor old tax payer will be burdened with - what Air New Zealand have just done to Christchurch should be ringing severe warning bells - the fact that Infratil will not front up with the lion share 2/3rds of the cost is curious - and the fact that no airline has backed this idea and committed to it is just embarrassing. Why is the WCC hell bent on ignoring common sense?