Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Queenstown Airport breaks passenger number record for 2013

21 January 2014

Queenstown Airport had its busiest year on record in 2013 with a 5.1 per cent increase in passenger movements compared to the previous 12 months.

Newly released figures for December 2013 complete the last calendar year and show a total of 1,215,526 domestic and international passengers passed through the airport terminal compared to 1,156,250 in 2012.

A key contributor to this strong performance was stellar month-on-month trans-Tasman passenger growth which jumped 30.9 per cent from 215,300 to 281,761 in a year.

All three trans-Tasman routes – Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne – enjoyed double digit percentage growth thanks to extra capacity and frequency added by Air New Zealand, Jetstar, Qantas and Virgin Australia. The Brisbane route in particular was a standout performer, achieving 102 per cent growth.

The airport’s private jet business also went from strength to strength with charter flights increasing 12 per cent in 2013 to 175 landings.

Domestic passenger numbers remained flat throughout the year, finishing 0.8 per cent down. Factors contributing to this decline included Jetstar withdrawing its services from Wellington and Christchurch and realigning its schedules to increase capacity on trans-Tasman routes. Overall, the Auckland-Queenstown route was the strongest performer with passenger numbers growing 12 per cent year-on-year.

Key projects completed over the past two years ensured the airport was in a good position to manage growth and demands on its infrastructure in 2013. Developments included a $4.2million expansion of the terminal to provide larger international departure facilities, new oversize baggage belts, a much bigger Air New Zealand Koru Lounge, a new rental car concourse, retail enhancements, and operational efficiencies.

Queenstown Airport Corporation CEO Scott Paterson is pleased with the increase in annual passenger numbers and says he’s looking forward to an exciting year ahead.

“The second half of 2013 was tough going for us in terms of domestic air travel but Queenstown’s appeal as a trans-Tasman destination remains very strong.

“Our forward schedules show a strong desire from the four airlines to continue to meet rising demand from our key market of Australia. We’re very grateful for their ongoing support and are working hard to ensure we have the appropriate infrastructure in place to meet this growth and maintain service levels,” he said.

Infrastructure projects for 2014 include upgrades to shopping and food and beverage offerings before winter.

Plans are also underway for a terminal build to cater for international passenger growth. Options include temporary additional space for the upcoming peak winter months of July and August while a longer term solution is being developed with stakeholders.

An interim mini corporate jet terminal, funded and managed by Air Center One and Capital Jet Services, will be operational by March 2014 to better service private jet passengers.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Werewolf Issue #49: Gordon Campbell Interviews Laila Harre

For 25 years, Labour and National have been in virtual agreement about the basics of economic policy, and differed mainly on how to go about managing its social consequences.

Such is the power of the economic orthodoxy that when opposition parties arise – say, in the shape of the Greens – their “credibility” is measured by the extent to which they give the appearance of learning and abiding by the ruling consensus.

The tension between the desire for change – and the inability of the current political framework to deliver it – creates openings for populists of all stripes. It is what has made the emergence of Internet Mana so interesting. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Gordon Campbell: On National’s Electorate Deals

For all the talk yesterday from Prime Minister John Key about National being transparent about its electorate deals in Epsom and Ohariu, that transparency is entirely front-loaded. More>>

ALSO:

Greens: Oil Drilling Face-Off With Labour

The key policy points in the Green Party’s plan to protect our beaches from oil spills are to:
1. Prohibit deep sea oil drilling; 2. Implement compulsory shipping lanes for coastal shipping; 3. Build Maritime New Zealand’s oil spill response capability; and 4. Introduce a stronger legal framework so that when accidents do happen, the New Zealand taxpayer does not have to pay for the clean-up. More>>

ALSO:


Nick Smith v Fish & Game:

Minister Told Of FBI Investigation, Says INZ: Coleman Must Quit Or Be Sacked Over Dotcom Case - Harré

Immigration New Zealand has done the right thing in distancing itself from Jonathan Coleman’s claims that ministers were not aware of FBI involvement in Kim Dotcom’s residency application, says the Internet Party. More>>

ALSO:

Valedictory Season: Maori Party Founders Say Goodbye

Two major Maori MPs gave there farewell speeches to Parliament Thursday outlining their history, experiences, triumphs and regrets. More>>

ALSO:

Resignation Not Accepted: Transport Minister Breaches Aviation Security Rules

"Running late for a plane at Christchurch Airport, I without thought breached airport and airline security rules by entering the gate lounge through a door usually used for exit only..." More>>

ALSO:

TAIC Report: Urgent Recommendations After Melling Rail Accident

The Transport Accident Investigation Commission has made four urgent recommendations to KiwiRail following the accident two months ago (27 May) when a Matangi passenger train collided with a stop block at Melling Station, Lower Hutt. More>>

ALSO:

Red Tape: Local Regulations Go Under Microscope

The Government says it is accepting nearly all of the recommendations the Productivity Commission has made on ways to improve local regulations. More>>

ALSO:

Spending Questions: Claudette Hauiti To Step Aside At Election

National Party President Peter Goodfellow confirms that he has received notification from List MP Claudette Hauiti that she plans to step aside at the 20 September election. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news