Palmerston North Airport boss quits

Palmerston North Airport has announced the departure of its chief executive, just two years after he landed in the role.

Darin Cusack has advised the airport's board of directors of his intention to resign in the first quarter of 2014, though a final date has yet to be set.

Mr Cusack is leaving to work with the World Bank-funded Pacific Aviation Investment Programme, which works in several Pacific Island nations with an aim to improve airport infrastructure and management and reform of the aviation sector. Mr Cusack has experience in Pacific Islands aviation. He was chief executive for Tonga Airport for three years before he arrived in Palmerston North.

Mr Cusack started at the airport in January, 2012.

During his time as chief executive direct flights to Nelson have been added to Air New Zealand's services from Palmerston North and the debate over the return of international flights has reignited.

Collection of the unpopular airport development levy ended under his watch after his predecessor Garry Goodman announced it would be scrapped.

Mr Cusack did not respond to calls from the Manawatu Standard.

Manawatu Standard