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Queenstown Airport will have 77 more carparks at its terminal following the settlement of a legal dispute.

Local-based brothers Derek and Maurice Brown, whose company Q A P Limited owns the Ace Rental Cars building, had applied to the Queenstown Airport Corporation (QAC) to turn their prominent site into carparking.

QAC, however, had declined, saying Q A P Ltd’s lease purely provides for rental vehicle hire and maintenance.

The Brown brothers’ case against QAC was due to be heard in the Dunedin High Court last week.

The case was withdrawn two weeks ago, however, after the airport corporation performed a U-turn and allowed the Browns to turn their site into a carpark.

QAC also agreed to pay some of the brothers’ legal costs, Maurice Brown says.

He adds they’re very happy with the outcome, and expects they’ll put 77 sites on their site sometime next year.

Ace Rental Cars, meanwhile, will operate from new premises elsewhere on the Frankton Flats.

QAC commercial & customer experience boss Olivia Pierre confirms the matter’s been resolved “on terms agreeable to both parties”.

“Taking into account subsequent circumstances, we have reviewed and consented to the request for a change in use for the leasehold premises.”

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