Marlborough Airport ‘landlocked’ by airbase, seeking space for aircraft and vehicle parking

    Marlborough Airport chief executive Dean Heiford said the airport is “landlocked”, preventing further development, and reported a meeting will be held with New Zealand Defence Force staff to discuss leasing land (Fairfax NZ, 13-Jun-2017). The airport board has allocated NZD370,000 (USD267,000) for a new 110 space car park, and also hopes to expand the apron to allow parking of additional aircraft. Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Woodbourne occupies the majority of land at the airport. The New Zealand Defence Force is also engage in long running negotiations with indigenous groups concerning lands occupied by part of Base Woodburne.