Queenstown Airport has welcomed its two millionth passenger this year in what it says is a “major milestone for scheduled commercial flights reflecting sustained growth and development for the region’s aviation gateway”.
A Hamilton family of four travelling on flight NZ613 from Auckland to Queenstown were greeted with a guard of honour when their Air New Zealand plane touched down yesterday.
Queenstown Mayor Jim Boult, Queenstown Airport chief executive Colin Keel and Airport chair Prue Flacks, alongside other members of the “airport community”, officially welcomed the Brunton family.
Keel said the family’s arrival was a significant occasion and “its not just about the number, it’s about what it represents” for the airport which since 1935 has evolved from an airstrip to an international airport.
“The natural beauty of our alpine environment combined with the innovation and hard work of our business community in creating world-class experiences has made the region a destination of choice, supported by airlines increasing air capacity and connectivity over the years. This has brought both social and economic opportunities and benefits to the community with more jobs and more flexible, affordable travel.
“While the airport has grown exponentially over the years to facilitate the increased popularity of the region, people are its heart. The airport community is a strong network of over 700 people across more than 60 businesses who work together day in and day out with one goal in mind – to give a warm welcome to our customers and ensure they have a safe and memorable experience every time they visit.
Mayor Jim Boult also congratulated the airport team and the community.
“Such a big milestone is a true reflection of Queenstown-Lakes’ continued popularity as a destination of choice for visitors and residents alike. The hard-working team at Queenstown Airport must be congratulated for delivering an excellent passenger experience that visitors to Queenstown have come to expect, and is doubtless a key factor in our district’s growth.”