Auckland airport sets new passenger record in 2013

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Auckland airport has broken its previous records for passenger movements across the 2013 calendar year, driven by strong international passenger traffic.

Over the year the airport handled 14.4 million passengers, excluding transits, up 5.45% compared to the year prior. That included 7.5 million international passengers and 6.9 million domestic passengers.

The airport saw a marginal increase in aircraft movements to 155,855 over the year, primarily driven by a 1.1% lift in international movements.

“2013 saw strong growth in seat capacity across a number of routes,” says the airport’s chief financial officer Simon Robertson. “It was also great to see last year’s capacity growth come from a number of airlines, including Emirates, Jetstar, Qantas, Malaysia Airlines, China Southern Airlines, China Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines and of course Air New Zealand.”

Queenstown airport also had a record year, with 1.2 million passengers passing through it, an increase of 5.1% compared to 2012.

Robertson says that early signs during January have been promising for a strong year aheaad.

“2014 is already delivering strong passenger numbers for Auckland Airport, with promising results for January,” he says. “When combined with the strength of our emerging growth markets, such as Indonesia and India, this is fantastic news for our customers, our city and our country.”