15 Oct 2007
International passengers grew 3.8% in September from the previous year, despite a 3.5% fall in capacity. The airline load factor on international services for September
was high at 79.3%. Year to date growth in international passengers now stands at 6.2%, with seats falling by 3.9% for the first six months of the year. While growth remain strong demand continues to be curbed by capacity limitations. Despite the high loads WIAL is still experiencing reductions on some Australian sectors - Qantas
recently confirming a reduction in its Brisbane schedule.
Domestic passenger volumes grew 1.8% in September on a 3.6% reduction in seat capacity. The average domestic load factor in September was 3.0% above the previous year. Year to date, domestic passengers are now marginally above the previous year despite a 3.6% fall in seat capacity.
Pacific Blue's announcement last month that it will commence domestic operations in New Zealand has led to competitive responses from other airlines. Air NZ matched the fares offered by Pacific Blue and announced that it is reconfiguring the services offered on its domestic jet fleet. Air NZ has also advised that it will increase its domestic jet fleet, although schedule details have yet to be announced. Qantas has announced that it will recommence services on the Wellington-Christchurch sector from March next year, less than 12 months after withdrawing from the route. Qantas has also announced plans to implement service improvements on its aircraft and in the passenger terminal.
Terminal developments are continuing with construction shortly to commence on new foreign exchange outlets. The airside works construction programme to add an additional aircraft aerobridge gate and to help accommodate the capacity required by Pacific Blue is progressing well. These works will ensure that appropriate capacity exists for all airlines. WIAL will shortly commence work on the runway safety compliance works at the Northern End of the runway with completion targeted for early 2008.
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