Asia builds Air NZ passenger count

The growing Asia market continues to support Air New Zealand’s passenger count with 12.2 percent more Asia and UK based travellers flying with the airline in March this year compared to the same month 2011.

According to the airline’s monthly statistics updates, up to 65,000 travellers from the Asia and UK regions flew with the airline over the third months of 2012 compared to 58,000 during March last year.

Travellers crossing the Tasman also picked up for the month with a 3.6 percent increase from 877,000 in March 2011 to 865,000 this year.

The increase comes despite a 0.1 percent drop in overall passengers carried during March with passengers from the US experiencing that largest decline of 6.1 percent.

Domestic also dropped for the carrier with a 1.4 percent fall from 877,000 last year to 865,000 in March this year.

Hoping to build on its Asia success, Air New Zealand announced it would operate daily flights between China and New Zealand from 4 July this year.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J
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