Huge international boost for airport


More than 130,000 passengers moved through Queenstown Airport last month – a 21.9 per cent increase, smashing the previous record.

That includes a 61 per cent lift in internationals on November last year.

Monthly passenger statistics for the airport showed double-digit domestic and international growth, boosted by the Queenstown International Marathon and major concerts by Fleetwood Mac in Dunedin and Auckland, and Sir Elton John in Wellington.

Domestic passengers increased 15.4 per cent to 99,398, attributed largely to extra capacity on the Auckland-Queenstown route, with loadings remaining high.

That was on the back of a 17.3 per cent increase in November 2014, boosted by the Queenstown marathon and the Rolling Stones concert in Auckland.

International and domestic capacity increased by 47 per cent and 21 per cent respectively, resulting in increased passenger volumes.

There was a 46.5 per cent increase on international routes to 33,191 passengers, with particularly strong growth on the Sydney and Melbourne routes.

Total 12-month passenger numbers continued to grow, with a 13.7 per cent increase in the 12 months to November to 1,481,392.

The spring season, from September to November, also showed year-on-year growth, with a 17 per cent increase to 368,703.

International passenger numbers increased by 29 per cent to 100,052, with domestic passenger movements rising by 13 per cent to 268,651.

Otago Daily Times