May, 2017Double-digit growth continued at Queenstown Airport last month and with
two more airlines in the final stages of gaining regulatory approval for
after-dark flights, passenger numbers look set to keep rising.
Airport chief executive Colin Keel said all four commercial airlines flying
into the resort would be operating after-dark flights this winter. Virgin
Australia and Qantas were in the final stages of regulatory approval.
The peak winter flight schedule, including after-dark flights operated by
Air New Zealand, Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Qantas, would begin on
June 22, coinciding with the opening of the Queenstown Winter Festival.
Total passenger movements for April were up 20 percent to 169,801,
including 125,825 domestic travellers, an increase of 19 percent on April
Trans-Tasman passengers accounted for 43,976, a 21percent lift, with
strong growth on the Sydney and Melbourne routes. Total passengers in
the 12 months to April were 1,858,076, a 15 percent increase compared
to the previous 12 months. The growth was largely attributed to school
holidays and Easter falling in April this year.
Before winter, more than $1.3million would be invested in new runway
and apron snow removal equipment. New de-icing procedures were also
being introduced to complement the recently grooved runway, which cost
$750,000 and was completed last month.
Car park improvements were scheduled for completion next month.
Mr Keel said work was also well under way for the airports new park and
ride facility, based at Frankton, due for completion in "early winter".
Source: Otago Daily Times
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