19 March 2009
Hamilton Mayor Bob Simcock says the city's payment of $6 million into Hamilton Airport as a 50 per cent shareholder is part of supporting a critically important strategic asset.
Mayor Simcock says while making the payment of previously uncalled capital is not ideal, it needs to be remembered the city has a $30 million investment for which it will have contributed $7.5 million following the $6 million payment.
"We are optimistic that international flights will return to Hamilton in the future, but in the meantime it is essential that we secure the assets that we have through this downturn," he said.
"Hamilton City Council will work with the board and other shareholders to attract an international airline to replace Air New Zealand as soon as possible.
"In the longer term we would like to see investment by an airport operator that is capable of securing a more stable business for shareholders."
The other Hamilton Airport shareholders which make up the remaining 50 per cent ownership, Waikato District Council, Waipa District Council, Matamata-Piako District Council and Otorohanga District Council will combine with a further $6 million of uncalled capital.
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