Households plane fed-up


Aircraft noise upsets Lake Hayes Estate – complaint lodged.

Angry Lake Hayes Estate residents have slapped Queenstown Airport with a complaint about “unnecessary” noise from planes flying over the area.

They claim some aircraft have been operating outside designated noise boundaries when landing and taking off.
And Kevin Burdon, chairman of the Lake Hayes Estate Community Associ­ation, has written to airport bosses expressing concerns.

“We’ve had a few complaints from residents about aeroplanes flying right over their housing when there’s really no need to,” Burdon says. “You can be sure no one here likes it.”

Burdon was speaking to Mountain Scene before yesterday’s announcement of Pacific Blue becoming the fourth major airline to serve Queenstown.

“We have requested that planes entering and exiting the airport fly down the designated noise boundaries rather than over the estate, which some are doing.

“I have lived here for nearly two years and it’s been going on for all that time.”

Burdon believes there’s simply no need for pilots to take flight paths close to the 400 houses on the large subdivision.

“There’s open country between the urban area and the end of the Remarkables and the noise would be very much reduced if they flew down there,” he says.

“What they need to do is come off the end of the runway and more or less keep going straight ahead and don’t do a left hand turn when they’re leaving.”

However, Queenstown Airport Corporation insists rules haven’t been broken.

“We have received a letter from the chairman of the Lake Hayes Estate Community Association and we will be getting back to them with regard to this,” QAC boss Steve Sanderson says.

“They were under the impression that the aircraft had changed their tracks and that’s not the case. There has been no change in flight paths.

“The airport is not in breach of its noise boundaries and we’ve just had that confirmed,” Sanderson adds.


Stars in our skies – and Blue too

As Jetstar’s first flight into Queenstown landed 90 minutes late yesterday, low-fare rivals Pacific Blue announced they’re also coming to town.

Aussie company Jetstar – the budget arm of Qantas – is now operating daily return services to Queenstown from Auckland and Christchurch.

Jetstar launched its new domestic schedules yesterday morning by giving away 2000 free seats across New Zealand – and also offered a limited number of $19 one-way JetSaver Light web fare tickets.

“New Zealand has greater choice with Jetstar’s domestic market arrival with our proven low-cost business model,” says Jetstar boss Bruce Buchanan.

From yesterday, Qantas dropped its NZ domestic services but retains international flights.

News that Pacific Blue will start flying from Queenstown to Sydney twice a week from September is sure to mean customers will be winners.

Pacific Blue yesterday started offering one-way internet launch fares direct to Sydney from the resort at $259 and up.