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Wellington Airport October 2007 Traffic Statistics

19 Nov 2007

International passengers grew 2.5% in October from the previous year, despite a 7.9% fall in capacity. The average
airline load factor on international services for October was very high at 84.5%.

Year to date growth in international passengers now stands at 5.7%, with seats falling by 4.4% in the period since April 2007. The high load factor demonstrates the severe capacity constraints existing for Wellington services. It is inevitable that without more international capacity Wellingtonians will be increasingly forced to travel through Auckland or Christchurch to cross the Tasman, or worse still will not travel at all.

Domestic passenger volumes grew 1.3% in October on a 2.0% reduction in seat capacity. The average domestic load factor in September was 2.7% above the previous year. Year to date, domestic passengers remain marginally above the previous year despite a 2.8% fall in seat capacity.

Considerable work was undertaken during October to ensure that facilities were available to accommodate Pacific Blue's domestic start up in November. Reconfiguration works to departure lounge facilities will enable Pacific Blue to operate from a new aircraft gate that was completed in November. The capital development ensures that appropriate facilities also remain available for Air New Zealand and Qantas operations. WIAL will have to continue its capital development programme to ensure that it can accommodate further competition in the market. At the launch of its domestic services, Brett Godfrey, Pacific
Blue's co-founder and Chief Executive confirmed that it would be considering regional services in New Zealand. Air NZ's domestic jet fleet expansion is now also evident with a leased aircraft from Thompson Travel appearing on the domestic network.

Progress on other development projects has occurred as follows:

  • Works to produce a 40% increase in public car parking capacity are underway with the full increase to be available by the end of November. At the same time a new car park operating system has been implemented that will provide greater efficiencies for travellers including ease of exit from the car parks.
  • Retail development has continued in the terminal, with the Travelex outlet now open in its new location adjacent to international departures. Development of the previous site will occur in coming months.
  • Construction of the Northern runway safety works has commenced with completion in 2008.
  • The Airport Retail Park is now fully leased. Construction of the remaining outlets continues with all stores expected to be trading early in the new year.
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