Thursday, 26 April 2018


GENERAL: AIA: AIA May 2017 - Monthly Traffic Update

26 Jun 2017 09:40NZX
May 2017 Monthly traffic update

10.1% Auckland Airport''s total international passenger numbers (excluding
transits) grew by 10.1% to 729,949 in May 2017, compared with May 2016.
Strong international passenger growth was achieved across all regions, with
the Americas up 21.7%, Asia/Middle East up 18.6%, Pacific up 12.5% and Tasman
traffic up 2.9%.  Domestic traffic (up 7%) also performed well in May 2017
contributing to overall passenger growth of 8.4%.

11.8% Australian visitor arrivals to Auckland Airport were up 11.8% in May
2017 compared with May 2016, stimulated by an increase in trans-Tasman
capacity from Australian home carriers Qantas (up 3.8%) and Virgin Australia
(up 15.2%).  To support this capacity growth year-round, Auckland Airport is
partnering with Australian travel agencies to promote the North Island''s
year-round appeal to a wider Australian market through its snow and unique
geothermal and volcanic features.  67% of Australian visitors to New Zealand
in May 2017 arrived through Auckland Airport.

17.1% Queenstown Airport''s total passengers increased by 17.1% to 119,231
in May 2017, driven by strong Tasman traffic (up 13.3%) and an 18.1% increase
in domestic passengers.  Domestic passenger growth was driven in part by a
26.7% seat capacity increase on the Auckland-Queenstown route following the
addition of two more daily Air New Zealand A320 flights, and the first-year
anniversary of after-dark services at the airport.

-7.4% Auckland Airport''s Japanese visitor arrivals were down 7.4% in May
2017, compared with May 2016, and in contrast to the 8.2% growth experienced
in the financial year to date. Japanese visitors have been impacted by a
seasonal capacity reduction on China Southern''s Guangzhou-Auckland service.
This service provides an alternative one-stop connection between Japan and
New Zealand. The July launch of Air New Zealand''s new three-weekly B777-200
Tokyo-Auckland service from Haneda Airport should help to alleviate this
Japan capacity constraint.

Please see attached for the full Monthly Traffic Report for May 2017.
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