City airport to become military hub

22:35, Dec 05 2013
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The USAF Lockheed C130 carrying cargo and passengers will be refuelling in Invercargill about two times a week this summer.

Invercargill is about to become a commuter hub - for military planes.

Invercargill Airport general manager Chloe Scala said the airport was set to get frequent visits from the United States Air Force and the Royal New Zealand Air Force during summer.

''Invercargill plane-spotters can look forward to busier skies above the city in upcoming weeks,'' she said.

The United States Air Force would use the airport as a refuelling station during its flights from Christchurch to Antartica.

They will be refuelling their Lockheed C130 planes.

''Economically it makes sense for them to stop off in Invercargil and it's great news for the airport that we have been recognised as a refuelling destination for the US Antarctic Programme,'' Ms Scala said.

The US planes would be stopping two to three times a week.The visits from the New Zealand planes were part of the air force's regular visits south, she said.


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