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Queenstown Airport mourns the loss of popular chief executive

Queenstown Airport has announced the death of chief executive, Scott Paterson, who passed away last night after a short battle with cancer.

The airport's chairman of the board, John Gilks, today paid tribute to the man he noted was hugely popular with everyone.

“On behalf of the Queenstown Airport Board and team, we would like to pay tribute to Scott both professionally and personally. He was a highly respected colleague and manager, a loyal friend and will be sorely missed by us all," he said.

“His hard work, passion and dedication to the job in leading the airport community was second to none and we will remember him warmly for his fun-loving down-to-earth nature, generosity, honesty and compassion.

“Our thoughts are with Scott’s family and the QAC board and staff are doing everything we can to support them in their loss. We respectfully ask on their behalf for privacy to allow them time to grieve.”

Scott was appointed CEO of Queenstown Airport in March 2012. 

During his tenure he drove key projects such as gaining CAA approval in 2014 for the airport’s foundation safety case to operate evening flights, which also resulted in a NZ Major Airport of the Year award, and rolling out a 20-year plan to mitigate the effects of aircraft noise on the airport’s closest neighbours. 

He also led several multi-million dollar terminal expansion and improvement projects, including the new $17 million international terminal which opened in June 2015.

Born and bred in Auckland, Scott qualified as a lawyer and accountant and spent several years overseas with his family living and working in Europe, the United States and Australia. 

Prior to his role at Queenstown Airport he gained extensive infrastructure and commercial experience at companies including Ports of Portland, Ports of Auckland, Winston Aggregates, Fletcher Building and Ernst & Young. 

He also sat on several boards over the years and was a director of the FIFA Under 20 World Cup in New Zealand.

Scott was aged 54 and is survived by his wife and three children. 

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