Auckland Airport’s international visitor arrivals surged by 21.3% in April on the back of the World Masters Games and Easter.
The month-on-month jump in international visitor arrivals, excluding Kiwis, led to some “impressive increases from some of our largest visitor markets in April 2017” according to the airport.
This included Australia up 26.1%, the United States rising by 42.8%, the United Kingdom with a 49.2% increase, Germany up 58.8% and Canada rising by 70.8%.
However, the overall jump in international visitor arrivals masked a 10.1% year-on-year fall in Chinese visitor arrivals in the same month.
The 34,322 arrivals from China in April this year sees the country’s financial year to date total drop 0.4% to 314,354.
Auckland Airport said: “While the number of Chinese arrivals in April 2017 is still 50% higher than two years ago, April 2017 saw the number of Chinese arrivals impacted by the seasonal capacity reduction on China Southern’s Guangzhou-Auckland service.
“Chinese arrivals also continue to be influenced by the reduction in group travel in favour of high-value free independent travellers.”
The airport’s total international passenger numbers, excluding transits, also performed strongly rising by 15% in April
The year-on-year increase totalled 861,292 passengers in April this year.
The airport said strong passenger growth was achieved across all regions, with trans-Tasman, our biggest market, up 7.9% driven by the later timing of Easter, the school holidays and arrivals for the World Masters Games.
The Americas were up 29.5%, and Asia/Middle East routes rose 24%, as well as domestic traffic also performing well with a 4% rise in April 2017