Thursday 15th June 2023
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80% of pre-COVID equivalent. In April 2023, total passenger volumes at Auckland Airport were 80% of the April 2019 pre-COVID equivalent in the last full financial year not impacted by the COVID pandemic. International passengers (excl. transits) were 79% of April 2019, with transit and domestic passengers at 71% and 82% respectively.
• Total passenger numbers declined in April 2023 to 1.4m or 80% of the pre-COVID equivalent, down on the 1.5m passengers seen in March 2023;
• The international passenger recovery improved for the 15th consecutive month to 79% of April 2019, a 3ppts improvement on the prior month;
• School and Easter holiday demand resulted in strong passenger demand on the South Pacific routes, recovering to 94% during April 2023 with 101k passengers traveling. Fiji was the most popular South Pacific destination with 42k passengers representing a 106% recovery, followed by the Cook Islands with 20k passengers and an 88% recovery. Australian flights were also highly sought after during the holiday period with 333k passengers traveling during the month representing a 83% recovery;
• Long-haul routes experienced another spike in recovery, improving 6ppts to 71% of April 2019. The main driver in performance was the increase in direct mainland China capacity, improving to 58% of April 2019 compared to 36% for the month prior;
• Domestic recovery fell during April to 82% from 88% in the prior month;
• Queenstown airport international passenger numbers were 121% of April 2019, and domestic 92% of April 2019.
May 2023 Monthly traffic Preview
83% of pre-COVID equivalent. In May 2023, total passenger volumes at Auckland Airport were 83% of the May 2019 pre-COVID equivalent in the last full financial year not impacted by the COVID pandemic. International passengers (excl. transits) were 82% of May 2019, with transit and domestic passengers at 73% and 85% respectively.
• Total passenger numbers declined in May 2023 to 1.3m or 83% of the pre-COVID equivalent, down on the 1.4m passengers seen in April 2023;
• The international passenger recovery improved again achieving 81% of May 2019, a 2ppts improvement on the prior month;
• New Zealand passport holders accounted for 51% of international demand during May, an 87% recovery versus May 2019. There were 0.3m international Non-New Zealand passport holders that travelled during the month, a recovery of 77% compared to May 2019 and a record high since COVID-19 took hold;
• Domestic recovery increased to 85% from 82% in the prior month;
• Queenstown airport international passenger numbers were 117% of May 2019, and domestic 95% of May 2019.
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