Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Wellington Airport results for six months ended 30 September

Wellington Airport results for the six months ended 30 September 2013

8 November 2013

Wellington International Airport Limited (WIAL) is pleased to present its unaudited results for the six months ended 30 September 2013 which produced a solid performance with an underlying EBITDAF of $42.5m before subvention payments.

Wellington Airport continues its focus on route development and collaborating with its airline partners to promote the opportunity that Wellington presents. This work has seen capacity increases over the last 12 months delivering strong passenger growth with a domestic increase of 5.9% and international of 5%. Following the increases in capacity, the airport expects modest growth in the next six months.

“While there have been reductions on certain routes, working together with our airline partners has delivered new capacity and we look forward to furthering our role and contribution towards the growth of New Zealand’s travel and tourism industry,” said Steve Sanderson, Wellington Airport’s Chief Executive.

“The total number of passengers is expected to reach around 5.4 million by the end of the year and we have made significant investment in our experience for everyone arriving into and departing Wellington including new retail outlets, upgraded washrooms, a beachfront café and improved drop-off and parking areas.”

“While the half year result reflects good growth in passenger numbers and services it also reflects an on-going focus on efficiency and the airport remains one of the most efficient in Australasia.”

Mr Sanderson said $250m is forecast to be invested over the next five years in travel and tourism infrastructure to maintain and improve the passenger experience. This includes a major expansion of the Main Terminal Building, a new hotel, multi-level car park facility and noise insulation programme for neighbouring residents. Wellington Airport opened a new retail bond offer on 24 October 2013, which was extremely successful with applications accepted up to the maximum of $75 million.

In July 2013, Wellington Airport released its 2013 annual performance results to the Commerce Commission and, with a return on its aeronautical assets of 6.23%, remains under the Commission’s benchmark of 8% for the third year in a row. The airport has started consultation with airlines over the charges to use the airport’s terminal and runway services from mid-2014 to ensure that future prices, beyond 2014/15, are also in line with the Commission’s acceptable range.

“During Wellington’s local government elections there was a very strong show of support from the region and the majority of successful candidates for the need to have direct air connections with Asia. We are looking forward to consulting with stakeholders, airlines, civic partners, our local community, businesses and the region as the work towards the consent for the runway extension progresses next year.”

The initial economic study for the runway extension presented significant benefits for the region and justified commencing the consent process. However the airport is conducting a further economic impact study regarding the net benefits for the Wellington region and New Zealand Inc. This study will inform the full business case to be presented and consulted on in 2014.

This year was the 10th anniversary of the Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards and it was a privilege to support and recognise the volunteer organisations that contribute so much to the Wellington Region. In February next year Wellington welcomes the World for the New Zealand Festival and the airport is proud to be a leader partner.

“We would also like to recognise the outstanding contribution of our Chairman, David Newman, who passed away in October. David was a board member of the airport since Infratil acquired an interest in 1998 and he became Chairman in 2004. He really believed in the people who work at the airport and gave them his full support and leadership which will be missed by all.”

Wellington Airport also wants to thank Ian McKinnon for his support and guidance as a board member when he was Deputy Mayor of Wellington City. Mr McKinnon was on the board for three years and resigned in October after deciding not to stand for re-election.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Fossils: Ancient Penguins Lived Alongside Dinosaurs?

Penguins are much older than previously thought and their evolution probably dates back to the days of the dinosaurs, according to research on the fossilised leg bone and toes of a giant ancient penguin found in rocks near Waipara, North Canterbury. More>>

No Voda/Sky: Commission Declines Clearance For Merger

The Commerce Commission has declined to grant clearance for the proposed merger of Sky Network Television and Vodafone New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

EARLIER:

Power: IEA Report On New Zealand's Energy System

Outside of its largely low-carbon power sector, managing the economy’s energy intensity and greenhouse gas emissions while still remaining competitive and growing remains a challenge. More>>

ALSO:

NASA: Seven Earth-Size Planets Around A Single Star

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star. Three of these planets are firmly located in the habitable zone, the area around the parent star where a rocky planet is most likely to have liquid water. More>>

ALSO:

Auckland Transport Case: Men Guilty Of Corruption And Bribery Will Spend Time In Jail

Two men who were found guilty of corruption and bribery in a Serious Fraud Office (SFO) trial have been sentenced in the Auckland High Court today... The pair are guilty of corruption and bribery offences relating to more than $1 million of bribes which took place between 2005 and 2013 at Rodney District Council and Auckland Transport. More>>

ALSO:

Hager Raid: Westpac Wrong To Release Bank Records To Police

The Privacy Commissioner has censured Westpac Banking Corp for releasing without a court order more than 10 months of bank records belonging to the political activist and journalist Nicky Hager during a police investigation into leaked information published in Hager's 2014 pre-election book, 'Dirty Politics'. More>>

ALSO:

EARLIER:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news