Taupō District mayor David Trewavas has welcomed today’s announcement from regional economic development minister Shane Jones outlining $5.87m of funding for the re-development of the Taupō Airport.
The bulk of the investment ($5 million) will come from the Provincial Growth Fund, while the rest will be from the New Zealand Upgrade Programme. This cash injection will enable a new terminal to be built, a car park extension, and the expansion of the airside apron in order to operate larger aircraft safely.
“This investment is a huge step forward for us and one which is essential to this district’s growth and prosperity. I am so pleased the Government is backing the future of our airport and has the confidence in our district to invest here,” said Mr Trewavas.
“For local businesses, it will open more doors for growth and expansion and just as importantly, it will allow us to welcome the growing number of tourists every year.”
“There really is no better time to ensure we have the necessary capacity to facilitate this growth,” the town’s mayor added.
In total, the airport upgrade is expected to cost $9.7m and will be funded in partnership with council and central government.
The project is expected to begin in March 2020 and be complete by October 2021.