Everything on the up at ZQN

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Records are tumbling at Queenstown Airport. 

Six jets are pictured on the tarmac outside the terminal last Saturday as a new high was established for the number of scheduled aircraft movements in a single day, airport boss Steve Sanderson says. 

There were 42 movements, topping the previous daily record of 38 set in 2008, he says. A movement is either a takeoff or landing. 

But last weekend’s mark will be short-lived, Sanderson says. 

“Believe it or not, this coming Saturday we’ve got 45 movements [scheduled].” 

He also predicts the airport will set a new daily passenger record on Saturday. 

The existing record is 5000 people through the terminal in a day.