20 January 2017
New Plymouth Airport has hit a new high for passenger numbers in a calendar year.
2016 saw a 20.3 per cent increase on 2015’s numbers, rising from 342,185 passengers to 411,661.
“During the last 10 years we’ve had an annual average increase in passenger numbers of 4.8 per cent,” says Manager New Plymouth Airport Wayne Wootton.
“This latest jump is due in large part to Jetstar starting services from New Plymouth Airport in February last year.
“On top of that, Air New Zealand has had a 4.4 per cent increase in passenger numbers through our airport last year.”
New Plymouth Airport is the fourth-busiest regional airport in New Zealand, and the ninth busiest overall (including international airports).
Plans are well advanced on the development of a new passenger terminal at the airport. Construction is expected to begin by the end of this year and completed towards the end of 2018.
- The five busiest regional airports are, in order: Nelson, Napier, Palmerston North, New Plymouth and Tauranga.