Air NZ carries one million passengers to Queenstown
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Air New Zealand is celebrating a new milestone, with the news that it carried a million domestic passengers to and from Queenstown in 2016.
The airline reached the seven-digit figure for the first time late last year, with 163,000 more domestic customers flying into South Island tourist hub in 2016 compared to the previous year, representing close to 20% year-on-year growth.
“Queenstown’s popularity continues to go from strength to strength. A decade ago we were carrying around 375,000 people a year on our Queenstown routes so to break the 1,000,000 barrier is phenomenal and represents a huge economic benefit for the region,” said Air New Zealand’s chief revenue officer, Cam Wallace.
“Last year Air New Zealand also became the first airline to operate scheduled flights after dark, extending the travel day for customers and enabling visitors to make the most of their Queenstown experience.”
Queenstown Lakes District Mayor, Jim Boult, says the passenger traffic reflects the city’s reputation as a top tourist destination.
“We recognise the significant role that Air New Zealand plays in bringing domestic visitors to our district. The airline’s increased capacity and the extended operating hours at our airport have made it easier for visitors to come here and also made business travel more convenient, which are both important for our local economy.”
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