17 Jan 2007
December traffic results continued the stronger outcomes achieved in November. Domestic passengers grew by 3.4% on last December (flat year to date), while the domestic load factor in December was 75%. International passengers were up 8.9% on last December (year to date flat) with a load factor of 77% for the month. Both these results are positive signs. Strong growth was achieved on passengers to/from all Australian destinations. The prospects for increased competition on the Tasman have been further boosted with Richard Branson in his recent visit to New Zealand confirming Pacific Blue's aim to increase market share on Tasman routes, and with opportunities for the New Zealand domestic market to be considered after this. WIAL is however disappointed that Qantas has announced that it will discontinue domestic services from Wellington to Christchurch.
The first stage of the international terminal development continues to progress well with the new international departures entrance opening in January. WIAL's new duty free operator, Regency, has had a promising start to trading. Wellington Airport's conference centre is closed during January to enable an upgrade of the facilities available. The improved Conference centre will open again in February. Trading at the Airport Retail Park is well underway with Stage 1 of the centre now almost completely leased. Improvements and expansion of capacity in the car park continue to progress with new signage and canopies for the entrances among the more visible improvements. Wellington Airport is continuing to consider the airline views on WIAL's pricing proposal and expects to respond to the airlines later in January.
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