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October 2013 Monthly traffic update

October 2013 Monthly traffic update

2.7%International passenger volumes (excluding transit passengers) at Auckland Airport were up 2.7% versus October 2012. The majority of the growth came from North American (+7,000 passengers) and Tasman routes (+6,000 passengers). North American growth was mainly driven by Hawaiian Airlines. Tasman growth was fuelled by additional capacity, including the new Emirates A380 service from Brisbane. Auckland is the only airport outside of Dubai to have three Emirates A380s on the ground at one time.
7.3%Domestic passenger volumes at Auckland Airport were up 7.3% versus October 2012, continuing the strong start to the financial year. Domestic passenger volumes have increased despite domestic aircraft movements decreasing. This is mainly due to larger aircraft being used on domestic routes, with A320s gradually replacing B737s on jet trunk routes and Air New Zealand using their new ATR72-600s on regional routes.
23.9%Visitor arrivals from India were up 23.9% versus October 2012. Currently the majority of Indian visitor arrivals arrive in Auckland via Asian hub airports, as there are no direct services to/from India. The announcement by Malaysia Airlines that they will operate daily flights between Kuala Lumpur and Auckland from March 2014 should see Indian visitor arrivals continue to grow, as it has extensive network connections to/from a number of Indian airports. The additional services will also support the growing Malaysian tourist market. Malaysian visitor arrivals were up 55.3% versus October 2012.(13.5%)The drop in Chinese visitor arrivals coincides with the introduction of a new travel law on 1 October 2013 in China, prohibiting outbound tour packages, to any country, at unreasonably low prices and requiring increased transparency of the tourism products included in the packages. The new law has actually driven more growth towards the New Zealand direct services and away from dual destination services via Australia. This significantly increases the high-value free independent Chinese travellers which stay longer and tend to visit more of New Zealand. Direct services between New Zealand and China have been further enhanced with today’s announcement of two extra China Southern B787 return flights over Chinese New Year, in addition to the 10 weekly B787 flights during the summer peak.

Full update: MTU__October_2013.pdf

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