Auckland Airport: Monthly traffic update
Auckland Airport exceeded one million international passengers (excluding transits) in a single calendar month for the first time since the airport opened in 1966. This was a 5.5% increase compared to December 2016. The strong performance was driven by increased capacity on Asia and Middle East routes (+55,000 seats), Americas (+16,000 seats) and the Pacific Islands (+9,000 seats).
In December 2017, Philippine Airlines launched a new direct Manila–Auckland service, replacing its indirect service via Cairns. The airline also changed its aircraft from an A320 to an A340, increasing capacity by 22% or 14,000 seats. The new direct Manila–Auckland service will continue to contribute towards the strong growth in the number of Filipino visitors holidaying in New Zealand, which has more than doubled since the airline started flying to Auckland in 2015.
2017 was a record year for international passengers (excluding transits) at Auckland Airport, with more than 10 million for the first time during a 12-month period. This growth of 7.9% compared to 2016 was underpinned by increased frequency and new services predominantly on Asia and Middle East, United States and Pacific Island routes.
Queenstown Airport achieved an important milestone in December 2017 welcoming its two million passenger for the first time in a year. Queenstown Airport’s 2017 passenger numbers increased 13% compared to 2016, with a 20% increase in domestic passengers in the week leading up to Christmas.