Auckland airport is booming

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Tourism has had such a good year there are probably rivers of gold flowing down Auckland’s Queen St.

But for Auckland International Airport acting general manager of aeronautical commercial Scott Tasker, that was just the beginning.

In fact, the number of seats flying into the country will need to increase by about 66 per cent over the next few years to meet the possible demand.

Tasker said its modelling showed a third of the market was still underserved, meaning demand exceeded the available capacity.

This was positive because it meant there was a large pool of people who wanted to visit New Zealand, but was negative in that they could not get a seat.

“Typically visitors from North America spend more per capita than visitors from other markets and make a large contribution to New Zealand’s foreign exchange earnings from tourism.

“Greater accessibility through increased airline capacity will provide a significant boost to the economy.”

Tasker said Air New Zealand had been servicing the West Coast of the US well, but there had not been too much traffic flowing beyond the San Francisco and Los Angeles hubs.

“In 2015, Air New Zealand took the fantastic step of opening their Houston route which for the first time gave us access deeper into the US,” Tasker said.

“If we fast-forward two years, it’s great to see that 54 per cent of the traffic is now West Coast and then a significant amount, 46 per cent, is flowing beyond into the markets such as New York, Boston and Chicago.

“And why is that positive?

“Because in those markets is where there is significant population in the US, a significant population of people that want to visit New Zealand.”

Ratepayers in Wellington are on the hook for attracting just one new airline with a longer runway.  Meanwhile the markets tells the politicians that the action is all in Auckland.

Oops.

 

– Stuff


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