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International passenger numbers down

Friday 23 Nov 2012 12:33 p.m.

Auckland Airport showed a 3.5 percent decline in international passenger movements to 612,976 from the same time last year (file)

Auckland Airport showed a 3.5 percent decline in international passenger movements to 612,976 from the same time last year (file)

Air New Zealand and Auckland International Airport have both reported fewer international passengers in October compared to the influx of visitors a year ago for the Rugby World Cup.

The national carrier reported a one percent decline in long-haul passengers carried to 115,000 in October from the same month a year earlier, while Auckland Airport showed a 3.5 percent decline in international passenger movements to 612,976, the companies said in separate statements.

Both transport operators showed a pick-up in domestic passenger movements from October 2011, with Air NZ increasing domestic passengers 3.5 percent to 686,000 and Auckland Airport reporting an 11 percent boost in domestic passenger numbers to 561,051.

The figures echo official data which showed a 15 percent slide in the number of foreign visitors in October, with fewer Australians, Brits and South Africans - the three nationalities that had plumped the rugby tournament's numbers.

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