12 Oct 2005
Wellington Airport September 2005 traffic figures have been posted on the Infratil website.
September traffic figures continue the subdued trend for the year to date. Domestic passengers fell by 3.8% overall on a reduction of seats of 2.2%, with falls for all airlines operating domestically. The reduction in seats is adverse for passenger growth. However, passengers fell disproportionately on several routes, suggesting other factors are at play including reduced competitiveness, higher fares and a reported malaise in domestic tourism in some areas. International growth was positive but marginal. Overall, international passengers were up 0.7% and seats were up 1%. Transtasman was down slightly, with new Pacific Island routes making up the difference. Within the transtasman routes, realignment continues. The Brisbane and Coolangatta routes demonstrated continuing strong growth on the back of increased competition, with collective growth of over 82% on last year. Sydney declined by 27% with reduced competition and lower capacity after the withdrawal of Pacific Blue. Future growth in travel will depend heavily on future trends in transtasman airline competition.
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