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# 152044 14-Sep-2014 11:20
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I see the report from EY has been released. 

The very interesting part of the article for me was this

At least a year since being commissioned, the EY report published today builds the case for a project that WIAL's 66 percent owner Infratil would seek to have substantially funded by local and central government.

The owners want local and central government funding yet are quite happy to make extortionate profits on the back of taxpayer and ratepayer funding. It's a great business model if you can make it work.

This is a classic example of why some infrastructure shouldn't be privatised.

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  # 1128831 15-Sep-2014 09:58
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Any aviation geeks want to chime in here.  According to Wikipedia the existing runway is too short for even the B737 or the A320 to take off at MTOW.  In order for long haul flights to be viable I would have thought that they would need to be operating around MTOW to allow for enough passangers and cargo for good load factors.  I don't see how a mere 300 metre extension would allow this.  My understanding is that the take off lengths for B787 and A350 at MTOW are up near 3000 metres, while the extended runway will still only be ~2400 m.  Or am I mistaken?

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