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Wellington Airport record international traffic

Wellington Airport has just achieved its busiest month for international travellers ever.

08 May 2015



“77,000 people, more than twice the capacity of The Stadium travelled to and from Wellington Airport in April, an increase of 17% and our biggest month ever,” said Matt Clarke, Wellington Airport’s Chief Commercial Officer.


Wellington Airport has invested significantly in route development with airlines and at the end of last year announced new services with Jetstar to Melbourne and Gold Coast and Fiji Airways to Nadi. The three new international services will deliver an annual increase of 165,000 seats, reducing travel costs and improving connectivity to Asia and North America.


Over the last twelve months, 786,000 people flew internationally to and from Wellington and with the new services we are forecasting 15% increase in seat capacity over the next year.”

There has been strong and sustained demand Wellington’s international services, with loadings on aircraft the highest ever experienced at the airport, giving the new international airlines the confidence to enter into the market. 


“More passengers are using Australia as the hub for their long haul travel to Asia, Europe and North America highlighting the preference to travel internationally all the way using airline partnerships.”


Melbourne in particular is now Wellington’s fastest growing and most competitive route. It has extensive onward connections throughout Australia, Asia and Europe. The stronger link with Melbourne’s four million residents and two cities renowned for their events will be great for travellers. The market between Wellington and Melbourne has been growing at 6% per annum over the last 8 years.


“Fiji Airways new year-round service to Nadi with onward connections to LA will commence in late June and add up to 34,000 seats to Wellington’s market.  Airline investment is a great indicator of market demand and growth in international traffic to and from Wellington,” said Mr Clarke.


Qantas offers three flights a day to Australia connecting to the extensive Qantas/Emirates global network. Air New Zealand and Virgin fly year-round to Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.