No dividend to be paid by Queenstown Airport [Otago Daily Times, 20/08/21]
No dividend will be paid to the owners of Queenstown Airport Corporation (QAC) as the council-controlled company continues to stabilise its drastically reduced finances in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The results for the year to June 30 show total revenue was down 40% to $27.8million, and profit after tax was down 91% to $1.6million.
QAC is owned by the Queenstown Lakes District Council (75%) and Auckland International Airport (25%).
A $4.88million support programme for airport tenants and operators was implemented at both Queenstown and Wanaka Airports (valued at $6.75million to date) and no annual dividend will be declared due to the continuing impact of Covid on financial performance, business and the region.
Board chairwoman Adrienne Young-Cooper said the priorities over the past year were to stabilise the business in the complex and uncertain operating environment and to safeguard the company’s core capability to operate vital airport infrastructure in the Southern Lakes region.
“While we celebrated the return of transtasman travel in April after 387 days without scheduled international services at Queenstown Airport, the vulnerability of the ‘bubble’ since and the emergence of the highly contagious Covid-19 Delta variant further reinforces the highly uncertain environment we continue to operate in.