New Zealand, never a renowned centre in the world of business, has recently shown some indications that travel to and from the country, with percentage of that, coming from the business world is starting to show some fairly substantial increases.
The New Zealand government, the local airline industry and the principal carrier, New Zealand Airlines, were highly encouraged by the news that Air New Zealand carried 910,000 long-haul passengers during the month of May, meaning an almost 5% increase on traffic for the same month in 2011. The figures for Long-haul passengers showed an increase of 5000, from 95,000 to 103,000.
The majority of departures and arrivals came from the most popular sites across Asia and Australia, with passengers carried on the Asia, Japan as well as to the UK increasing by 10.8 per cent to 41,000, well those travelling to and from Australia and the Pacific Islands showed an increase of 5.9 per cent to 195,000.
The increase was certainly good news for Air New Zealand’s new CEO Christopher Luxon who just took up the position at the beginning of this month, after being promoted from the post of the airline's general manager for international travel. The current CEO Rob Fyfe will be vacating his post at the end of 2012.
Luxon looked forward to accepting the challenge of continuing to push Air New Zealand forward with a particular eye to increasing traffic to and from the United States. Meanwhile, traffic to the US showed a minor increase last month, rising by just 1% from the same month last year.
In the meantime Air New Zealand are looking to gradually increase their flight traffic, with the main emphasis being on incoming and outgoing tourist traffic, with new routes being added to Bali as well as the addition of a third weekly flight between Auckland and Honolulu scheduled to begin in October. This extra flight will increase the total potential number of travellers on the route by more than half.
No doubt some of the spin-offs of Australia's booming economy are bound to have some effects on that of New Zealand and hopefully thanks to some dynamic management the number of travellers to and from this beautiful and green country will continue to increase.
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