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The Rock Takes Shape At Wellington Airport

Fuseworks Media
Fuseworks Media

Wellington, Feb 1 NZPA - Distinctive copper cladding is being applied to The Rock international terminal at Wellington Airport, which is on track for completion later this year, infrastructure investor Infratil Ltd said.

International services at the airport operated at 80.5 percent of capacity in December, reflecting good demand and competitive pricing, Infratil said in its monthly operating update. Infratil owns 66 percent of the airport.

The airport hopes that the international terminal extension will be a new iconic building for New Zealand and a contrast to what it regards as bland halls at most international airports. It is designed to reflect Wellington's rocky south coast.

Traffic to Sydney grew by 12.9 percent in December following the increase of Pacific Blue's new service from three to five times a week in December. Melbourne's passengers were also up 6 percent with Brisbane steady.

The number of international passengers through the airport rose 4.1 percent in December compared to the same month last year, while the number of domestic passengers was down 0.2 percent.

Airlines continued to manage capacity on domestic services, decreasing seat availability by 5 percent, while achieving an average of 78 percent loading in December. Competitive pricing boosted passenger numbers on the domestic trunk services by 2.1 percent compared to a year ago, and regional passengers fell 4.9 percent.

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