20 Dec 2005
Wellington Airport November 2005 traffic figures have been posted on the Infratil website.
Passenger numbers in November were below expectations. Domestic passengers were level with last year on seat growth of 1.5%. Overall load factors were healthy at 75 %. For the year to date, domestic passengers remain down by 0.5% on a reduction of seats of 0.8 %.
International passengers for the month were 10.5% below the previous year with seat numbers reduced by 2.2% (year to date passenger growth now sits at 0.7 %). The November load factor was consistent with last year at 70%. Amongst routes, there were winners and losers. Sydney remains well down on last year (with a reduced competitive environment), Melbourne was also below 2004 with no change in the competitive environment) while Brisbane was consistent with the previous year when Pacific Blue commenced their services to Brisbane . The Gold Coast and Fiji routes remain worthwhile new additions.
The disappointing international result for November is reflective of the reduced competitive environment at Wellington with increased fare levels now established and a lack of new initiatives from the airlines.
Commercial initiatives continue to unfold. At the retail park Dick Smith has commenced trading while several additional leases are in an advanced stage of negotiation with announcements expected in the near future. Construction of the new Icebreaker store in the terminal building is complete and the airport outlet opened in early December. This is the first ever Icebreaker airport store with its unique design and adventurous product offering. Other leasing activity for the terminal is continuing. The duty free tender evaluation process continues.
Planning for the international terminal development is continuing, with construction works on the Southern RESA project now well established.
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