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Five Southland ice skaters have qualified for the New Zealand
Figure Skating Championships for the first time.
A total of 12,314 regular landings
per year are permitted at the Milford
Aerodrome, the 34 concessions
for which are managed by the
Department of Conservation (DOC).
These allocations were made by the
then Minister of Conservation Kate
Wilkinson in 2011 and remain fixed
until the concessions expire in 2021.
However, since February 2013,
an additional 2500 landings a year
have been allowed under what is
known as a "supplementary pool"
whereby concessionaires who have
used 80% of their own allocations
can apply for additional landings
from the pool. Last year the
supplementary pool was completely
used up for the first time and this
year DOC has received requests for
more supplementary landings than
is available in the pool.
But two weeks ago the
companies operating air services to
Milford received a letter from DOC
advising that the supplementary
pool scheme will be scrapped from
January 1. It will continue to run
as normal until the end of this year
or until it has been fully allocated,
whichever comes first.
In addition, landing fees at
Milford will increase from $15 to
$19 next year (effective January
1, 2019) then jump to between
$45 and $200 the following year,
based on the weight of the aircraft.
DOC has also advised it will be
increasing its management fee for
the concessions from $400 to $500
from January 1.
DOC Southern South Island
director Aaron Fleming said DOC
was trying to simplify the way it
managed landings at the Milford
Aerodrome and make the process
fairer for all operators.
"Over the past two years this
supplementary pool has become
more difficult to manage and so
DOC has decided that from 1
January 2019, the supplementary
pool will be discontinued."
Instead, operators will be
encouraged to work with
one another to share existing
"Concessionaires will continue
to be able [to] apply to sub-
permit to existing Aerodrome
concessionaires, or assign their
unused landing allocations to other
operators, provided both parties
and DOC agree to the transfer," Mr
Fleming's September 21 letter to
"These measures are seen as
being fairer to all concessionaires
and give operators the opportunity
to manage their own activities
within the landing limits."
Milford Aerodrome users are due
to meet tonight in Queenstown
to discuss their response to
the changes. President of the
Queenstown Milford User Group
Paul Cooper declined to comment
on the matter until after that
However, Aviation New Zealand
chief executive John Nicholson
said the arbitrary decision making
by DOC would have a significant
impact on tourism operators in the
area – where they could operate,
staffing and wealth for the region.
“DOC placing changes has a
real ability to impact on what these
companies can do but impact on
New Zealand’s reputation.”
“That’s just real amateur, a really
Milford aircraft landings reduced
An aerial view of the Milford Aerodrome. The Department of Conservation has announced significant changes to
the management of permitted regular landings next year, along with a hike in landing fees.
PHOTO: PRO Focus - Photography by Chris Watson
In a season when
visitor numbers to
Milford Sound are
expected to reach an all-
time high, the number of
aircraft landings there is
about to be stripped by
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