EDITORIAL:

Christopher Luxon's call to have another look at Whenuapai as a commercial airport has provoked a furious response from residents and advice from Defence Minister Ron Mark to get a ''reality check''.

The departing Air New Zealand chief executive is undeterred. He believes a dual-use airport from the Air Force base is feasible, would cut the cost of flying and pointedly says it would provide the opportunity to fly more to regional destinations.

A no-frills commercial airport by his estimate could be built for $200 million, a big sum but substantially less than the $1 billion estimated cost of

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