Record air pas­sen­ger num­bers

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS -

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.’’

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