Record air passenger numbers
The advent of Jetstar flights into the city has boosted passenger numbers through Palmerston North Airport. Qantas’ cut price domestic airline started local services at the beginning of February.
Palmerston North Airport chief executive David Lanham says the launch of Jetstar’s Palmerston North to Auckland services has achieved the objective of stimulating the air travel market.
‘‘The terminal was noticeably busier than a typical February, while the car park, which is presently being expanded, reached capacity on a number of days.’’
This February’s passenger numbers rose 26 per cent over February 2015 figures with 46,250 passengers passing through the terminal. March is looking even better with more than 50,000 passenger movements predicted, a new record.
David says locals and visitors alike are taking the opportunity to either visit Auckland or to connect onto Jetstar and Qantas international services departing from Auckland. ‘‘The impact of Jetstar’s arrival has been larger than anticipated, but we are well advanced in our infrastructure planning to accommodate growing passenger volumes.’’