Flights from Auckland Airport will leave for Queenstown
almost every two hours with Air New Zealand this summer, when
the national carrier's fifth daily flight comes on stream.
Queenstown Airport Corporation was still working with the
carrier on the timing of the flights, but expected the
services to be later in the afternoon, aeronautical general
manager Simon Barr said on Monday.
"We're pleased that they've recognised there's further
potential on that Auckland-Queenstown route."
Extra connectivity and another option for people to get to
the resort, at perhaps a more convenient departure time from
Auckland, were among the benefits of the 32% boost in
"It would also give us the opportunity to get back up to
Auckland later in the day and make it more possible for
people to do more in Queenstown," Mr Barr said.
The increased capacity will take the total number of seats
available on direct services over summer to 5200 each way,
per week. The additional flights were expected to be
available for booking from later this week, with four
services per day in November, up from three, and five per day
December through March.
The extra service was prompted by demand for seats being
greater than supply, Mr Barr said.
"We've has strong year-on-year growth for four or five years.
It's been quite a sensational ride, really.
"The capacity that's been added on the Auckland route in
particular, with all airlines, has been really impressive."
• A third more passengers travelled through Queenstown
Airport in July than in the same month last year, according
to monthly corporation statistics released yesterday.
• In July, 124,201 passengers travelled through the airport.
It was the largest number of people to pass through the
airport in one month, up 27.1% on July last year.
• A total of 86,762 domestic passengers travelled through the
airport in July.
• This was 30.1% more than last July, which was the largest
monthly increase in domestic passengers in the last 12
• International passengers were also up for the month, by
20.6%, or 37,439 passengers.
• Good weather, the impact of RNP (required navigation
performance) technology reducing disruptions, good loadings
and increased flight schedules all helped reach the totals,
the corporation said.