Queenstown Airport Proposed Noise Changes

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The key areas of proposed noise changes are:

  • Changes to the Airport's Noise Boundaries
  • Changes to the Airport Designation
  • Changes to the District Plan

To help explain these proposed changes in more detail we've created a summary document and range of supplementary fact sheets. The consultation is now closed however you can view the questions ask by the community below.

View the QAC Proposed Noise Boundaries GIS map online.



The key areas of proposed noise changes are:

  • Changes to the Airport's Noise Boundaries
  • Changes to the Airport Designation
  • Changes to the District Plan

To help explain these proposed changes in more detail we've created a summary document and range of supplementary fact sheets. The consultation is now closed however you can view the questions ask by the community below.

View the QAC Proposed Noise Boundaries GIS map online.


CLOSED: Thank you for your questions. The consultation has now closed however you can view the questions asked by the community below.

If you have any questions regarding the airport noise planning consultation, please ask them here. 

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    At the drop in session the Planner advised that the noise generated by each plane taking off and landing would not get any louder but there would be more of them. Now we hear that the larger A321s are about to start coming here. How much louder is each A321 movement in comparison to an A320?

    KatFish Asked about 2 years ago

    Hi there,

    I've just checked with Marshall Day and the A321Neo is quieter than the A320.

    Warm regards,
    Jen

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    Hi whilst the noise levels are debatable are there any tests on the vibration that hits properties as the aircraft take off particularly heading away from the lake ?

    Laurel Asked about 2 years ago

    Hi Laurel,

    I have checked with Marshall Day, the company that monitors the noise, and noise levels have been recorded in several homes there. The low-frequency noise can cause vibration in the buildings and this varies from property to property depending on its construction.

    Warm regards,
    Jen

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    We believe that making alterations and additions to existing homes a "non-complying" activity (in the DIstrict Plan) within the Air noise zone is highly punitive to the airport's neighbours, as to do anything to their homes (including the QAC mitigation measures) will require a Resource Consent for an activity that is essentially deemed unacceptable. Is QAC likely to offer any compensation to home owners on this? We'd rather see a level of "permitted" activity, say to a certain level of construction specification and to a certain percentage of site coverage. Perhaps beyond this it could be "discretionary". It is proposed that new ASAN (houses) will be "prohibited". We live in one of the many old cribs dating back to the 1950s in old Frankton (essentially undeveloped). Our long term goal is to remove and rebuild, but under this proposal this is not an option, we can only renovate and this will be fraught with challenges through the Resource Consent process. The planner at the drop in session noted that the goal is to not allow additional people to reside in the Noise control zone, but that internal environment will be much more comfortable than external, but we will be required to continue living in a tiny crib that can never have noise mitigation in place to the same level as a new home, and lifestyle based around outdoor living. What about the existing undeveloped sites zoned Low Density Residential? We are concerned about the long term effects on the local neighbourhood from this. Will it just become a run down wasteland? Another huge effect on the local environment? Shouldn't it be the home owner's decision to remain living there in the way they choose?

    KatFish Asked about 2 years ago

    Hi there,

    Thank you for your feedback - I have passed it on to the noise team for consideration as part of the proposal.

    Warm regards,
    Jen

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    What will be the timeframe for QAC funded noise mitigation measures to be offered to home owners if the change in the noise control boundaries goes ahead? Will it be immediate or does the level of disturbance need to reach a certain level before it is offered?

    KatFish Asked about 2 years ago

    Hi KatFish,

    It would not be immediate, it would be over time as the noise exposure increased. 

    Aircraft noise is independently monitored and modelled to ensure the aircraft operations stay within the airport's noise boundaries and to help with forward planning where noise mitigation might be required. 

    The aircraft noise modelling takes place over a three-month period during the busiest summer and winter months. This means that the noise contours are conservative and show the worst case scenario from the previous year.

    Aircraft noise is also measured and the data is used to calibrate the aircraft noise model and confirm compliance with our designation conditions and the noise boundaries in the District Plan. (The data and modelling is managed independently by leading New Zealand noise management experts Marshall Day Acoustics Ltd.)

    The modelling software is then used to produce maps (known as Annual Aircraft Noise Contours or AANC) to show the previous year’s noise emissions.

    These are then used to predict aircraft noise for the next 12 months.  The projected AANC shows a year in advance where the contour will be. This contour guides QAC’s mitigation programme to ensure we are mitigating houses before the contour reaches them.the testing forms the Annual Aircraft Noise Contours which would indicate where the exposure would be having an effect.  

    I hope that helps?

    Warm regards,
    Jen

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    I have just completed your survey, but there isn't any space for general concerns outside of the specific questions. How do we submit other concerns and really have our say outside of a guided survey?

    KatFish Asked about 2 years ago

    Hi there,

    Thanks for getting in touch - you're very welcome to email them to community@queenstownairport.com.

    Warm regards,
    Jen

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    According to the airports reports passenger numbers have increased from 0.6 million in 2005 to 2 million in 2017. This is a compounding growth rate over 13 years of 9.8%. The current planing period is to 2045. The projected passenger numbers is 5.1 million (3.5%) with restricted growth, or 7 million (4.8%) with unrestricted growth. My question is why the disparity between the historical and projected growth percentages particularly with growth rates of 13% to 18% in recent years?

    JFB Asked about 2 years ago

    Hi JFB,

    We have seen unprecedented growth at the airport over the past few years which we consider to be unsustainable long term.  By sharing our master planning options and noise planning proposal with the community we're hoping to gauge what level of growth is considered sustainable for the district over a 30-year period so that we can manage our growth. At the moment our projections show that we could reach our noise boundaries in the next 3-4 years.   

    Wanaka Airport presents an opportunity to take more of a district-wide view around aviation services and infrastructure, but we need to do the work to determine what could be developed and over what timeframes.  Since taking on the long-term lease in early April, we’ve held workshops with the community to ask what they would like to see for the airport’s future.  Their thoughts and ideas will help inform the master plan for Wanaka Airport which kicks off next month.

    Warm regards,
    Jen

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    Hi Jen, I have read your printed material and cannot find any reason for increasing the noise boundaries. Why can aircraft not keep within the existing boundaries? If building a new 'NORTH' or 'SOUTH' terminal, why not keep the existing terminal and public parking facilities for light aircraft, helicopter and private jet facilities. It is a bright, modern facilities which provides a warm and welcoming environment for visitors. Proposing to "walk-away" from it gives the appearance of QLDC having no concerns for sensible use of ratepayers money. Thanks, Wayne Christensen

    maryandwayne Asked about 2 years ago

    Hi Wayne,

    Thanks for your feedback.  This is the reason we're shared our noise planning work and the master plan options so that we can have a discussion with the community and get feedback.  If a new terminal was built (and these are only options, nothing decided) then the existing terminal could be repurposed. 

    Warm regards,
    Jen

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    Hi, I was wondering if the 7am flight to Auckland every day needs to fly over Arrowtown as it really annoys us here. I talked to other Arrowtowners and they all recognize it as a disturbance / noise pollution. I s there any change the flight path could change, please.

    Helga Asked about 2 years ago

    Hi Helga,

    Thanks for your feedback, I will certainly pass it on.  

    Aircraft need to land into the wind and take off into the wind so that's why flights change between taking off over the lake or over the Kawarau Gorge.

    The flight paths are determined by Airways (Air Traffic Control) which manages NZ's airspace.  In 2012, Airway introduced SMART approaches for jet operations at Queenstown Airport which all 4 airlines now use.  The SMART approaches use satellite-based navigation and enable aircraft to burn less fuel, emit less carbon dioxide and fly more quietly. These procedures are also designed to reduce noise further out from the airport.

    Warm regards,
    Jen

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    How can the council/qac make an objective decision re airport growth given the ownership conflict of interest?

    martymonsta Asked about 2 years ago

    Hi Marty,

    That's more a question for council but in this instance we are working with them as our regulator.  Many airports are owned or part-owned by local or national governments and there are clear rules around that.

    Warm regards,
    Jen  

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    Why are you pursuing the notion that easier accessibility to Queenstown is good? Do you not care that you are doing the one thing that the rest of the world has already done, namely over populating areas of environmental beauty? What is the underlying motivation behind increasing the number of people having easier and more direct access to Queenstown?

    Berri Asked about 2 years ago

    Hi Berri,

    The airport has a responsibility to plan ahead and the forecasting that has been done has indicated the demand and potential growth of the region from both residents and visitors over a 30-year period.  The airport has been in a fairly constant state of development for a long time so, for us, planning is critical.  We need to understand and shape what infrastructure and services are needed at the airport and when, and how they can be funded. 

    We don’t want to lead the conversation about future growth in the district but we do have a responsibility to give the community, our shareholders, airport stakeholders and employees, the business community and the tourism industry a heads-up on future airport pressures and constraints and ask for input. 

    Our projections show that we could reach our noise boundaries in the next 3-4 years, and in planning terms that’s a short timeframe.  

    By sharing the work we’ve done and putting forward a proposal with a suggested long-term number of 5 million passenger movements (approximately 2.5 million residents/visitors) by 2045, it provides a starting point for a conversation which will help us gauge what the community feels is sustainable.

    Many people rely on the airport to connect them with national and international destinations, employ them or support their business or lifestyle.  Many are also concerned by aircraft noise, traffic congestion and pressure on destination infrastructure. We need to try and strike the right balance for everyone involved. 

    It’s also important for all of us to consider what would happen if people want to come to the district but cannot do that by flying here.  Some may not come but others will because they either live here or want to visit.  If the future airport is not in a position to cope with a level of destination demand, we may be just be pushing the issue down the road.  At the moment, about half of the visitors to our region come by car.

    This is only the start of the process and we welcome your feedback.  If you haven't already, I encourage you to fill out the survey on this site.

    Warm regards,
    Jen