Returning with their heads held high and their necks laden with medals, the Nelson Special Olympics team arrived at Nelson airport to cheers. Most of the Nelson team showed off medals in a haul which included 28 gold, 16 silver and 22 bronze.
The last thing Abby Nalder expected when she stepped off her flight from Auckland was to be surrounded by cheering crowds.
But that is exactly what the 15-year-old Golden Bay local got when she became the Nelson Airport’s millionth customer in a year.
“I was a bit overwhelmed when I walked in.”
Abby had just returned from a family trip to Auckland and was presented with a prize pack – which included a bouquet of flowers and a chocolate cake. She will also be planning another trip with her mother to Wellington as return flights for two were also included in the prize.
“It feels pretty cool to be the millionth customer, it’s pretty exciting.”
Nelson Airport chief executive Rob Evans has been a man on a mission in reaching the goal of a million passengers in a year and trying to make Nelson the best regional airport in New Zealand.
“This milestone is of huge significance to us,” he says. “The continued exemplary service from our airline partners has created an environment of competition and choice that travellers have been lapping up.”
He says this growth re-enforces the need for the current Nelson Airport redevelopment. The first piles for the new Nelson Airport Terminal were put in place on Tuesday.
“We are excited that our customers will get to experience a state of the art Nelson Airport Terminal opening in early 2019.”
In the meantime, Abby will enjoy her trip to Wellington but she had to pass on the chocolate cake as she is gluten free.
By Nelson Weekly - July 20, 2017
After years of planning, the first sod was officially turned on the $32 million Nelson Airport redevelopment on Monday afternoon.
Airport officials, board members, contractors and the mayors of both Nelson and Tasman met at the old terminal to mark the occasion, which Nelson Airport CEO Rob Evans described as a “milestone” for the airport. “Our management team have lived and breathed this for the last two years, and today’s milestone is where the rubber will hit the road,” he says.
Nelson Airport’s board chairman Paul Steer says it has taken a long time for the airport to get to this point. “It’s a special day for us, and now the heavy lifting and creativity can begin.”
Nelson mayor Rachel Reese congratulated the team on their hard work, and said she was looking forward to seeing the project progress.
“We’re all climbing on board for this critically important regional project – and it’s no small project. These guys have really understood the value of this infrastructure for the region’s growth,” she says.
The build is expected to take 18 months, and national construction firm Naylor Love will work with Fulton Hogan and local company Gibbons Construction on the build.
By Kate Russell June 14, 2017
Nelson Weekly News
Nelson MP Nick Smith today welcomed the Nelson Airport Company’s proposals for redevelopment of the airport, saying it was one of the most important infrastructure issues for the region.