Queenstown Airport boss resigns

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Queenstown Airport chief executive Steve Sanderson has resigned – and accepted the top job at Wellington Airport. 

Sanderson, chief executive since May, 2007, will stay on in Queenstown till January. 

His tenure included last year’s controversial and secret 24.99 per cent share sell-off to Auckland International Airport – which as a result has seen Queenstown Airport Corporation return it’s first-ever dividend to major shareholder Queenstown Lakes District Council. 

Queenstown Airport chairman Murray Valentine says it’s disappointing to get Sanderson’s resignation. 

“Steve has led the company through a period of outstanding growth which has seen the airport become a major route for direct flights from Australia and increased airline frequency on domestic routes.” 

Directors, management and staff at the airport wish him well in Wellington, Valentine says. 

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