Queenstown passenger numbers continue to grow

The Queenstown Airport on a busy day. Photo: NZH
The Queenstown Airport on a busy day. Photo: NZH
Queenstown Airport passenger numbers continue to grow, the latest monthly traffic report shows.

The total number of passengers passing through the terminal increased by 12% in November to 171,635, compared with  the previous corresponding period.

Domestic traffic was up 11% on November last year and international passengers were up 15% compared with the previous period.

The 12-month passenger numbers reached 1.99 million, up 13% on the pcp, the airport company said in a statement.

"We anticipate reaching the two million passenger mark for the rolling 12-month period in December, marking a major milestone for the region."

The domestic growth was buoyed by a 15% to 16% rise in passengers in the first two weeks of November.

The Air New Zealand-Queenstown Marathon weekend of November 17-19 also contributed, when passenger traffic recorded was 18% above any weekend in November.

The peak summer period would be from Thursday December 21 to Sunday January 7. The busiest days of Sunday December 24, Thursday December 29 and Sunday January 7 were expected to have passenger volumes in the range of between 7900 and 8300, the airport said.

Flight movements during the period had a morning peak between 11am and noon before the busy afternoon hours of 1pm to 4pm.

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