Wellington International Airport
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- Corporate Office, Level 0,
Main Terminal Building,
- New Zealand
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- 1936m x 45m
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Air New Zealand
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Location of Wellington International Airport, New Zealand
Ground Handlers and Cargo Handlers servicing Wellington International Airport
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Could the return of Cardiff Airport (Wales) and Scotland’s Glasgow Prestwick Airport to the public sector be an indicator of future trends for secondary and sub-primary level airports in the UK?
There are several other privately operated airports whose future is looking decidedly indifferent.
The question now, as airport ownership has become less attractive to investors than it has been during the last two decades, is whether other airports in the UK might follow suit?
Airways NZ was once held up as a model monopoly by its airline customers for its open approach to negotiate prices while ensuring an appropriate commercial return to its government shareholder.
But steep price increases implemented from 01-Jul-2013 for the next three years coming on top of an 18% increase over the previous four years has truly taken the shine off the IATA Golden Eagle Award bestowed in 2008 recognising Airways NZ’s outstanding performance in customer satisfaction, cost efficiency and continuous improvement. The corporation had not increased charges for the past 10 years.
Today the ANS provider which manages some 30 million square kilometres of airspace stands accused by its airline customers of profiteering. But Airways NZ says the price increase is necessary to fund NZD97 million (USD76 million) capital expenditure on essential infrastructure planned for the next three years, most of which had been approved by airlines. In addition the corporation had worked with airlines during the global financial crisis by suspending non-vital infrastructure investments to keep prices down.
IATA Director General and CEO Tony Tyler on 2-Jul-2013 gave a wide ranging breakfast talk in Auckland, stressing the value of aviation to the New Zealand economy, pitching the Association's move towards an industry standard distribution system and seeking New Zealand Government support for IATA's position on the environment.
And, back on another traditional airline industry theme, saying Wellington Airport was "behaving badly", Mr Tyler called for greater regulatory oversight of the country's main gateway airports and air traffic management provider, Airways New Zealand, after they announced steep price increases.
Wellington International Airport (WIAL) plans to extend its existing 2,000 metre runway by 300 metres so as to allow New Zealand’s capital city to attract direct long-haul services to Asia and North America using the Boeing 787 and Airbus A350.
The airport argues its geographic position at the centre of the country, and the nation’s domestic hub, means it is well placed as a third international gateway to Auckland and Christchurch. Based on its research the airport says sufficient numbers of passengers already fly to Auckland to connect with onward long-haul services to sustain a daily direct service to an Asian hub.
The exponential growth forecast from Asian markets combined with the lower operating costs and improved performance of new generation widebody aircraft are likely to make direct services to secondary destinations like Wellington a more viable proposition by the end of this decade, reducing the financial risk of extending the runway which could not have been contemplated a decade ago. Nonetheless, risk it is. But the rewards are (potentially) high.
If there was any doubt that the UK & Ireland remains one of the most dynamic air transport markets in the world that suspicion was dispelled by the level of recent and potential activity in airport M&A.
With Edinburgh Airport about to change hands, Glasgow Prestwick and Manston (Kent) airports may follow this year, as will London Stansted, later. Cardiff Airport’s CEO resigned after a politician complained about lack of investment by the operator and there are plans to re-open Plymouth Airport under new ownership.
Meanwhile, in Ireland, the case has been made for a change of ownership at Shannon Airport - but not an outright privatisation – signaling the potential break-up of the Dublin Airport Authority.
From volcanic eruptions and earthquakes to blizzards and floods, the world has been unsettled by a wave of natural disasters in the past year. Coupled with "man-made" events, such as the political unrest in the Middle East and North Africa, at what point will private operators decide that airport investment under such circumstances is not worth the risk?
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