NZ Business - - COVER STORY -

Look at the lat­est traf­fic sta­tis­tics through Auck­land Air­port and you get a good in­di­ca­tor of the scale of New Zealand’s tourism growth.

In­ter­na­tional pas­sen­gers in­creased by 11.9 per­cent to 734,921 in Septem­ber 2016, com­pared to Septem­ber 2015, with most growth com­ing from Asia and the Amer­i­cas.

Overseas vis­i­tor ar­rivals reached 2.5 mil­lion in the year to Septem­ber 2016, up 11.3 per­cent on the pre­ced­ing year, in­clud­ing a 16.8 per­cent lift in hol­i­day­mak­ers.

Ca­pac­ity growth is up con­sid­er­ably, with ten new air­lines and 16 new in­ter­na­tional routes com­menced or an­nounced since the mid­dle of 2015 – and do­mes­tic ca­pac­ity up sig­nif­i­cantly.

Air­bus pre­dicts that Auck­land Air­port will be­come a ‘global avi­a­tion mega-city’ by 2030 – one of just 80 world­wide. The Air­port’s vi­sion is to be ca­ter­ing for 40 mil­lion pas­sen­gers every year by 2044, which will re­quire build­ing a lot of new in­fra­struc­ture and fa­cil­i­ties.

“The first phase of work to build the com­bined do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional ter­mi­nal should be com­pleted around 2021, with the sec­ond run­way be­ing built from 2025,” says Scott Tasker, act­ing GM aero­nau­ti­cal com­mer­cial.

“We’re cur­rently in the mid­dle of a ma­jor ex­pan­sion and up­grade of our in­ter­na­tional de­par­ture ter­mi­nal. This will see us more than dou­ble the space for se­cu­rity pro­cess­ing, seat­ing and air­port shop­ping; pro­vid­ing a world-class air­port ex­pe­ri­ence with a uniquely New Zealand theme.”

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