Queenstown Airport, pictured from the Remarkables, welcomed
19,344 Australian passengers in July. Photo by James Beech.
Queenstown Airport was the second-busiest airport in New
Zealand for Australian passenger arrivals in July, according to
Statistics New Zealand.
The Government's number-crunchers announced this week 19,344
Australians arrived in Queenstown in July, up 15.8% on July
2012 and 19.9% of New Zealand's 97,152 monthly Australian
A total of 51,264 Australians arrived at Queenstown Airport
Corporation's minor shareholder Auckland airport, up 8.5% and
52.8% of the total.
A total of 21,192 short-term overseas visitors arrived at
Queenstown Airport in July this year, up 16.1% from July 2012
and making up 11.5% of New Zealand's 183,559 monthly
short-term overseas visitors.
A total of 125,027 short-term overseas visitors arrived at
Auckland airport, up 7.9% and 68.1% of the total.
Queenstown Airport chief executive Scott Paterson said
passenger numbers on transtasman and Auckland routes had been
''We have had to work hard to ensure that the airport can
handle this growing demand through the timely introduction of
necessary infrastructure and systems,'' Mr Paterson said.
''Auckland airport's promotion of Queenstown complements well
the direct marketing in Australia by ... Destination
Queenstown and the local Queenstown business community.''
Auckland airport aeronautical commercial general manger Glenn
Wedlock said the data confirmed the benefit of marketing
direct airline services into Auckland and Queenstown.
It also showed Auckland airport's strategy of promoting
Queenstown as an onward destination was paying real
dividends, Mr Wedlock said.
''We have no doubt that Queenstown will continue to grow and
is on-track to transform from an international winter gateway
into a year-round gateway for international visitors, and the
second most important international airport in New Zealand.
''This is great news for the local and regional tourism
industry and economy, and great news for New Zealand. We are
also excited by the proposal for a convention centre in
Queenstown, which will serve to broaden the destination's
''It's important that we continue to grow traffic not only
from Australia, but also from other key markets such as the
United States, Asia and Europe, as these visitors will travel
through Auckland to Queenstown, or direct into Queenstown
Mr Wedlock said the Emirates and Qantas partnership showed
how easy it had become for international visitors to fly into
Auckland on the Emirates Airbus A380, make their way on a
domestic airline to Queenstown, then leave New Zealand from
Queenstown using Qantas international flights.