New Zealand’s big three airports handled 26 million passengers in 2013; Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington all growing

Christchurch Airport’s Matthew Findlay picked up the highly commended Routes Marketing Award in Kuching.

Christchurch Airport’s traffic grew by 2% when compared to 2012 figures, achieving over 5.5 million passengers last year. The airport attended the Routes Asia Development Forum last week in Kuching, where Matthew Findlay, GM Aeronautical Business Development, picked up the highly commended Routes Marketing Award in the 4 – 20 million passengers category.

New Zealand’s three main airports (Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington) saw combined passenger numbers reach a record high of 25.92 million in 2013, up 3.9% on the figure for 2012. Auckland remains the busiest of the three airports and the leading international gateway, with almost four times as many international passengers as Christchurch and Wellington combined.

New Zealand's big three airports Annual passenger numbers 2002-13 (millions)

Source: Auckland Airport, Christchurch Airport and Wellington Airport

According to anna.aero’s analysis of Innovata / Diio Mi schedule data comparing March 2014 with March 2013, only two new international routes have been launched in New Zealand in the last year, that are still operating. In early December, Air New Zealand began twice-weekly flights between Christchurch and Perth (until 26 April 2014), while on 16 December Jetstar Airways introduced thrice-weekly flights between Adelaide and Auckland.

Auckland traffic up 5%; China visitor numbers up almost 16%

  • Total passenger numbers were up 5.0% to 14.86 million in 2013.
  • International traffic (including transits) was up 3.1% to 7.94 million passengers.
  • Domestic traffic was up 7.1% to 6.92 million passengers.
  • Visitor numbers from China were up 15.9%, while Australian visitors increased by 5.5%. Visitor numbers from the US, Germany and Singapore were up 9.8%, 9.1% and 9.1% respectively. Among the leading visitor markets only the UK reported a slight drop of 1.0% in 2013.

Christchurch traffic up 2%; China and Singapore visitor numbers up over 20%

Matthew Findlay, GM Aeronautical Business Development, Christchurch Airport; and anna.aero’s distribution team.

Making sure nobody failed to get the Christchurch message at Routes Asia 2014, was Matthew Findlay, GM Aeronautical Business Development, Christchurch Airport; and anna.aero’s distribution team.

  • Total passenger numbers were up 1.7% to 5,576,821 in 2013.
  • Domestic traffic was up 3.5% to 4.27 million, with mainline trunk passenger numbers up 7.0%.
  • International traffic was down 3.8% to 1.31 million. The two biggest international markets, Australia and UK, saw visitor numbers decline by 1.8% and 1.9% respectively. However, visitor numbers from Singapore were up 27%, and Chinese visitor numbers were up 21.4% for the year as a whole, and up 40.6% in December.

Wellington traffic up 3.5%

  • Total passenger numbers were up 3.5% to 5,483,883 in 2013.
  • Domestic traffic was up 3.4% to 4,733,401 while international traffic was up 4.0% to 750,482.
  • Wellington Airport is dominated by domestic traffic, accounting for 86% of passengers in 2013.
  • Aircraft movements were down 0.4% to 88,800.
  • Seat capacity was up 1.8% resulting in load factors increasing from 78.9% to 80.2%.

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