Japanese numbers fall in Auckland for October – 30/11/06

NEW ZEALAND. Auckland International Airport experienced a small year-on-year increase in total October traffic numbers, according to figures released today. But there was a big year-on-year drop of -30.0% in Japanese arrivals (5,723) during the month.

The year-to-date statistic for this nationality stands at -20.3% below that of January-October 2005.

The airport handled 530,493 international passengers (excluding transits and transfers) during the month – up +0.8% on October 2005, when the number was 526,270, and continuing the positive growth seen in September (+3.1%).

That brought the year-to-date figure to over 2 million, a fall of -0.6% on the first 10 months of 2005 – 2,027,705 compared to 2,039,459.

A positive sign for the upcoming high season was strong October growth in arrivals from Australia (+9.7%) and the US (+7.2%).

China was again the best performing market, up +27% year on year and now +22% for the year to date. The airport expects that upward movement to continue following the launch of Air New Zealand’s new Shanghai service, which commenced on 28 October.

South Korean arrivals (+10.0%) maintained a positive trend, benefiting from an increased Tourism New Zealand presence in this market.

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