An Air New Zealand plane takes off from Queenstown Airport.
Photo by Stephen Jaquiery
Queenstown Airport was a star performer in November, as
international passenger numbers were up 17.5% on November last
The increase was driven by 32 additional international
flights. Domestic passenger numbers were up 18.4%, another
strong performance, Auckland International Airport, a part
owner of Queenstown Airport, said in its latest monthly
The figures show that 12,194 international passengers passed
through the airport compared with 10,376 in November last
year. In the financial year to date, 116,821 passengers had
gone through the airport, up nearly 12% on the previous
There were 100 international aircraft movements in November,
up 28.2% on November last year. In the financial year to
date, there were 916 international movements, up 12%.
Domestically, there were 77,176 passengers, up 18.4%. There
were 838 domestic aircraft movements in November, up 8.3% on
the previous period, and in the year to date there were 4903
movements, up 13.3%.
International passenger movements through Auckland
International Airport were up only 1.9% in November but there
was strong growth in November on China, transtasman and
Pacific Island routes. China was up 8.4% on November last
Domestic numbers were up 12.8%, driven by increased Jetstar
capacity on Wellington and Christchurch routes and Air New
Zealand's ''Night Rider'' service and stand-by fares.