Airport numbers flying high


More than 1.5 million passengers moved through Queenstown Airport in the last year.

An increase in airline capacity and continued demand on all domestic and trans-Tasman routes sparked a year-on-year increase of 16.2 per cent for total passenger numbers, to 1,587,587, in the 12 months to March, the airport’s latest statistics show.

Domestic volumes for the month rose 21.3 per cent, to a record 118,553.

That was largely due to the Easter holidays coinciding with popular events, including the Warbirds over Wanaka International Airshow, the Motatapu events and the 2016 New Zealand Golf Open.

The double-digit growth trend in international passenger numbers continued, with a 15.4 per cent lift for March due to strong loadings and continued increase in trans-Tasman airline capacity.

Overall passenger numbers were up 20 per cent compared to March 2015 to 156,673.

and have asked regulators to approve their case for night flights, which are scheduled to start in June.

However, Queenstown Airport bosses ensuring adequate infrastructure across the district to support extra flights is critical.

The airport is in the midst of an .

Otago Daily Times