Calling time: Queenstown Airport boss Colin Keel's resigned


Queenstown Airport’s board of directors are on the hunt for a new CEO following Colin Keel’s resignation yesterday.

Keel, who started with the airport five years ago, says it’s been a ‘‘privilege’’ to lead the business over ‘‘such a period of change’’.

He’ll stay in the job until the end of the current financial year to complete the ‘‘stabilisation of the business’’ and position it for recovery before he relocates to Auckland.

Queenstown Airport Corporation chairwoman Adrienne Young-Cooper yesterday recognised Keel’s significant contribution to the airport company and its shareholders through both periods of exponential growth and, more recently, Covid-19.

‘‘Colin has demonstrated the agility and courage required of a leader in two very different and extreme operating environments.

‘‘He has been unfailing in his commitment to the success of QAC, and the broader airport community as well as the place of Queenstown and Wanaka airports in the region,’’ Young-Cooper says.

Keel pays tribute to the QAC team and everyone who works at both Queenstown and Wanaka airports.

‘‘[They are] hard-working, dedicated members of the community and committed to its wellbeing.

‘‘Despite the current challenges, the future is full of tremendous opportunities for the  business, airports and region.’’