Bumper flight numbers for Queenstown New Year

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The first day of 2011 will see the start of the busiest week of the summer for Queenstown Airport.

Australasia’s fastest-growing airport has 35 scheduled flights in and out of Queenstown today, including five international arrivals and 12 domestic arrivals.

Over the next seven days, Queenstown Airport will see a whopping 230 aircraft movements – up 25 per cent over the same period last year and is 14 per cent more than the 201 flights in and out for the busiest week last summer.

“It’s a great start to the busy summer period and 2011,” boss Steve Sanderson says.

For the first time last year, January took over from the usual winter month of July as the airport’s busiest, and this 2011 is set to eclipse that result, he adds.

“In July our busiest week saw 222 aircraft movements which is fewer than this record New Year week.”

The airport’s expecting a “positive trend” in 2011 – known airline schedule movements are showing a 60 per cent growth in international passengers, as well as a 10 per cent increase in domestic.

“…Being a major player in the tourism sector we’re looking forward to making our contribution to a wonderful summer for our visitors and the Queenstown tourism community,” Sanderson says.