ZaphodHarkonnen wrote:Sprite8806 wrote:ZaphodHarkonnen wrote:
As a Wellingtonian who’d love to see more airlines coming to WLG? A non zero chance, but I’d hardly be holding my breath. I just don’t see WLG getting much more direct service than it has already. If you did a major runway lengthening that would change. The chances of that happening are increasingly slim though. Trans Tasman direct and high frequency connections to AKL with battery electric aircraft are the future I see.
Why do people on this forum keep saying Wellington is useless as an International airport because you can just connect with CHC and AKL? Has the past few years not proven that direct/point to point is the future? People don't want to transit through AKL or CHC, they want to go direct to WLG.
I still think the whole 2040 Expansion and the runway expansion will happen, WIAL and the Government knows if they don't do it they will never evolve into anything more than what it already is.
Because without the runway extension there's no way to support larger aircraft. And unless you want to cut the top off of Newlands you have to extend into the Cook Strait. Upping the cost even more. Wellington also has bigger things to deal with than better flight options. Housing and regional public transport are what people here give a damn about. Not having non stop flight to Singapore or the US.
Do I want it emotionally as an avgeek? Of course. Have I been convinced it's a high enough priority that we should spend money and time on doing it instead of other things? No. It just does not make logical sense when put alongside other demands of time and resource in the region.
There’s still the unanswered question of whether the current runway could support non-stop A350 service to Asian hubs such as Singapore. The study commissioned by the airport company said not – landing distance was the problem from what I recall. But SQ subsequently launched A350 service (via Melbourne) which didn’t seem to have any problems. In an earlier thread Zeke – who should know – quoted operational data suggesting the A350 could comfortably carry full pax out of Wellington to a number of Asian destinations. I’ve never seen a satisfactory answer to why the airport company still says it needs more runway length.