Airport’s passenger numbers continue to climb


Queenstown Airport’s passenger numbers reached 1.6 million for the first time in a 12-month period in April.

Auckland International Airport, which has a shareholding in Queenstown Airport, reported the trend for double-digit growth continues.

International passenger numbers were up 28.4 per cent to 36,414, with growth on all international routes.

The first night flight arrived at Queenstown Airport on Monday night.

Air New Zealand’s full evening schedule starts on July 3 when the last evening flight will depart Queenstown at 7.30pm and the last arrival will land at 9.35pm.

Jetstar’s first international evening service, from Melbourne, is scheduled to land on June 24.

There were 105,671 domestic passengers movements through Queenstown Airport in April, up 21.7 per cent on the 86,813 in April last year.

In the financial year to date, one million domestic passenger movements were recorded, up nearly 17 per cent on the previous corresponding period.

In the rolling 12-month period, there were 1.15 million domestic passenger movements and more than 467,000 international passenger movements.

Auckland Airport’s international passenger numbers, excluding transit passengers, increased by 56,000 passengers in April, or 8.1 per cent higher than April last year.

Otago Daily Times