13 Jul 2006
Wellington Airport June 2006 traffic figures have been posted on the Infratil website.
Domestic passengers were 2% lower in June compared with June last year, with overall load factors around 70%. International passengers declined 4% on a 5% reduction in seats. International load factors were up slightly compared to last June to 65% in what is a seasonal trough for T rans Tasman travel. There were some unusual examples of service cancellations during the month that had a significant impact. Some related to weather conditions, but there were also an unusual number of cancellations attributed to engineering issues. As a result, seats on the Sydney route fell by nearly 8% compared to June last year. This is now attributable to the two dominant airlines, Air New Zealand and Qantas, since the anniversary of Pacific Blue's switch the Brisbane route has long passed. On Pacific Island routes, Air Pacific has not recommenced services to Fiji, and that has reduced numbers on that route.
Adverse trends appear to be wider than Wellington, with Christchurch Airport reporting international passengers down 6% and domestic passengers down 7% for June.
Construction on Stage 1 of the international terminal expansion is proceeding to plan, despite a prolonged period of poor weather. Similarly, the Southern Runway End Safety Area project is proceeding to plan. Car parking improvements are also underway, focused initially on improving the premium car parking and the Value Park area has now been open for several months. Leasing at the Airport Retail Park has taken further steps forward with Super Cheap Auto opening in June, and leases now finalised with Kathmandu, Noel Leeming and Godfreys. Those three are expected to be open by Christmas. In the terminal retail, a lease has been awarded to Wishbone to establish in the terminal adjacent to gates 18/19.
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