Overall passenger numbers were up 20% compared to last March, boosted by Easter falling in March this year, and the biennial Warbirds over Wanaka event. The annual Motatapu Adventure Race and the NZ Golf Open also contributed to strong passenger flow throughout the month.
Airline capacity was increased and passenger numbers continued to grow and on all domestic and trans-Tasman routes, up 16.2% on the previous year.
International passenger numbers followed a trend of double-digit growth, increasing by over 15%. Airline capacity continued to increase on all trans-Tasman routes and load factors were strong.
Domestic passenger volumes reached a new record, boosted by Easter and popular events in the region, including Warbirds, the Motatapu race and the Golf Open. Extra seats were added on the Auckland route, with passengers up 28%.