Justin Giddings says that while it wouldn’t be appropriate to open “right now”, case numbers outside the capital are still low and the move would help tourism recover.
The new system is designed to speed up boarding and minimize contact with other passengers ahead of an increase in flying as coronavirus border restrictions ease nationwide.
However, the event has said the uncertainty around international travel means it will focus on aircraft available within the country.
Chief Executive Ian Honnery said the new dates would provide “certainty” for sponsors, exhibitors and participants.
Avalon Airport chief executive Justin Giddings has raised the idea that his airport could be one of just a handful to accept flights from New Zealand as flying slowly begins to resume.