Airport flying high

Dunedin International Airport is experiencing strong domestic growth and the future looks positive, chief executive John McCall says.

He was asked to comment on changes by Jetstar to its domestic and international flight schedules yesterday.

Mr McCall said although no additional flights in or out of Dunedin were announced, the daily Jetstar service between Dunedin and Auckland was doing well.

It began in mid-July last year and had generated "strong demand", he said.

"We are interested to see how that develops."

Mr McCall said the airport's annual result to the end of June would be released next week, showing strong growth, particularly in the domestic market.

"We are very positive about the future, things are developing very nicely," he said.

Tourism Dunedin chief executive Hamish Saxton said given the severe decrease in the number of Australian visitors flying in and out of Christchurch, extra transtasman flights to and from Queenstown announced yesterday were positive for the whole South Island.

"It's likely Dunedin can still benefit from that, particularly as Queenstown is only a short drive from Dunedin," he said.

Mr Saxton said most Australian visitors saw New Zealand as a "road trip" destination and Tourism Dunedin would continue to invest in joint marketing campaigns for driving holidays throughout the lower South Island.

He said Tourism Dunedin and Dunedin International Airport had healthy relationships with airlines, which ensured positive future development.



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