Auckland reports Nov-2010 traffic increase, Autogrill rises on airport contract wins

Auckland Airport today reported a 3.8% increase in international passenger numbers in Nov-2010, which was “driven by strong Asian growth”. Domestic numbers rose 1.5%.

More international capacity is on the way. Emirates will deploy a larger aircraft on the Dubai-Brisbane-Auckland route, increasing capacity by 672 seats per week from 02-Jan-2011, according to a New Zealand Herald report. The airline will use B777-300ER equipment instead of A340-500 aircraft.

Auckland Airport’s shares are steady today, having eased 0.5% yesterday.

Selected airport operators/investors daily share price movements (% change): 23-Dec-2010

Among the airport suppliers, airport food and beverage operator, Autogrill SpA, gained 2.4% yesterday as its HMS Host unit renewed a concession at Toronto Airport and was awarded new contracts at San Francisco and Sacramento airports in California.

Selected airport suppliers daily share price movements (% change): 23-Dec-2010