Auckland Airport FY23: Growth and resilience

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Len Varley - Assistant Editor 6 Min Read
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In a significant announcement, Auckland Airport has unveiled its financial outcomes for the 12 months ending on June 30, 2023. The report not only showcases remarkable growth but also marks a pivotal period for the airport’s operations and future prospects.

A Year of Milestones and Progress

The past year has been extraordinary for Auckland Airport, characterized by the resurgent vigor of international travel. Under the leadership of Auckland Airport Chair Patrick Strange, the airport has seen the inception of new airlines and routes.

Furthermore, a momentous milestone has been achieved with the initiation of the most extensive upgrade in Auckland Airport’s history.

Simultaneously, notable strides have been made in the realm of sustainability initiatives, underscoring the airport’s commitment to creating a positive environmental impact across the aviation precinct.

Robust Infrastructure Development

One of the standout achievements of Auckland Airport’s year has been the ongoing development of more than 400,000 square meters of aeronautical-focused infrastructure.

Spread across major airfield, transport, and terminal projects, this ambitious endeavor is pivotal to the airport’s continued success.

Patrick Strange emphasizes the critical role that airports play in supporting a nation’s social and economic wellbeing. By investing in long-lasting infrastructure assets that facilitate travel and trade, the airport ensures its contribution to the growth of Auckland and New Zealand remains unhindered.


Auckland Airport Is Nearing Pre-Pandemic Movements
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Enhancing the Travel Experience

Listening to the feedback of travelers, Auckland Airport is committed to enhancing the domestic travel experience. This commitment has been echoed by Chief Executive Carrie Hurihanganui, who emphasizes the overarching theme of connection that resonates throughout the airport’s aviation precinct.

Whether it’s reuniting families and friends, welcoming tourists to New Zealand, or facilitating business ventures, Auckland Airport stands as a key hub of connectivity.

The airport’s dedication to improving the travel experience is evident in the expanded choice it offers to travelers and businesses. Currently, 25 airlines serve a network of 40 international destinations from Auckland Airport.

This expansion includes new routes and increased frequencies, addressing the growing demand for travel. This heightened connectivity not only benefits travelers with more options but also fosters healthy competition and improved freight connections for local businesses.

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Impressive Passenger Numbers

The 2023 financial year witnessed an impressive surge in passenger numbers at Auckland Airport. The total count of both domestic and international passengers reached a staggering 15.9 million, marking a remarkable 183% increase over the previous year.

Domestic passengers surged by 90%, reaching 8.1 million, while international passengers, including transits, soared by a staggering 480%, totaling 7.8 million.

Infrastructural Evolution

With the resurgence of travel, Auckland Airport has intensified its focus on infrastructural development. Recognizing the vital role of high-quality and resilient airport infrastructure in supporting tourism and trade, the airport has undertaken three major anchor projects.

These include: the integration of a new domestic terminal into the international terminal, a substantial 250,000-square-meter airfield expansion, and the creation of a world-class transport center.

The New Domestic Terminal

Notably, a pivotal aspect of Auckland Airport’s infrastructural evolution is the construction of a new domestic terminal.

With the existing terminal reaching its operational capacity, the new terminal is deemed essential for both enhancing traveler experience and maintaining the airport’s efficiency.

Anticipated to open in 2028/29, the new terminal promises integrated self-service check-in, reduced queuing times, increased passenger processing capacity, and improved connectivity between domestic and international flights.

Rebuilding Connections Post-Pandemic

The 2023 financial year brought an unexpectedly robust revival of domestic and international aviation markets for Auckland Airport. Remarkably, international seat capacity rebounded to 90% of pre-pandemic levels by the end of the year, while domestic capacity reached 89%.

This resurgence in passenger flights also reinstated international freight capacity, which reached an impressive 95% of pre-pandemic levels by June 30, 2023.

A Bright Outlook

As Auckland Airport looks ahead to the 2024 financial year, Chief Executive Carrie Hurihanganui is optimistic about the market’s trajectory.

The enhanced connectivity that underpins the ongoing recovery in aviation is a testament to positive trends.

In light of this, the airport projects an underlying profit after tax ranging from $260 million to $280 million, coupled with a significant capital expenditure between $1 billion and $1.4 billion. These projections reflect Auckland Airport’s dedication to growth and innovation.

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