Auckland Airport – Pacific Powerhouse

Chris Fram e details the past, present and future of the underdog that becam e New Zealand’s busiest airport.

Air New Zealand is responsible for m uch of the airport’s traffic. One of the airline’s Boeing 777-300ERs is seen on departure. AirTeam Im ages/M ichael Eldridge

From hum ble beginnings over 90 years ago, Auckland Airport has evolved into a m ajor transportation hub. Serving the country’s largest city, it can be considered the gateway to New Zealand as in excess of three-quarters of all international visitors pass through it. M ore than three tim es busier than New Zealand’s second busiest airport, Christchurch, the North Island hub handled 20.5m passengers on 174,000-plus scheduled ights in the year to June 2018.

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