Boult resort’s gateway to Garden City

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Queenstown developer Jim Boult (right) has been appointed chief executive officer of Christchurch International Airport – a month after he said he wasn’t on the shortlist.

Boult, 57, has been acting CEO since February after the resignation of former airport boss Rene Bakx. Boult, an airport director since 2003, had been quoted in the media as saying he wasn’t in the running for the job.

But yesterday the Lake Hayes businessman – who gained his aviation licence on his 15th birthday but hasn’t flown planes for several years – was named as the new full-time head, from July 1.

“The company went through this international search process looking for the right person and the board came to the conclusion they liked the job that was being done,” Boult says. “About three weeks ago they approached me and asked if I would take it on permanently.”

Boult is passionate about Christchurch airport as the main gateway to the South Island – and its importance in getting visitors to Queenstown.

“It is a conveyor belt for people heading south and it’s our job to make sure that as many people as possible are heading to the Southern Lakes and Queenstown in particular,” he says.

“As far as we are concerned, Queenstown is one of our big marketing tools.”

The announcement was made by Christchurch airport chairman David Mackenzie, who praised Boult’s quality and experience.