Auckland International Airport Plans to Create Deeper Links with Airport at Guangzhou, Spots Indians

Published on : Saturday, November 2, 2013

auckland airport imageAuckland International Airport spots India as most attractive sources of instant growth in passenger arrivals and is setting up to more than double last year’s 29,856 tourist influx from India, by 2020. AIA also increases on its plans to create far deeper links with the airport at Guangzhou, the Pearl River Delta mega-city in China, where Southern China Air headquartered.

AIA plans to make the national gateway airport a “southern link” inter-regional hub for Australia and New Zealand for flights between China, Australasia and South America, especially Chile and Brazil. The approach suggests a deepening relationship will emerge with Southern China, a Chinese government-owned enterprise that AIA believes could see Guangzhou experience explosive growth similar to that experienced by Dubai as it emerged to be a global aviation hub in the first decade of the century.

AIA is focusing growth in arrivals to be at 4 million a year by 2020, and has identified growth from the so-called BRIC emerging economies of India, China, and South America as the fastest growing sources of new business.

The AIA slides say, composite annual growth from India is projected under three scenarios to grow between 7.3 percent and 11 percent, “more than the US, UK, and Germany combined,” though total arrivals from those slower growing traditional markets would still outstrip Indian arrivals by 2020, even under the highest growth Indian arrivals scenario.

That scenario sees Indian arrivals increasing from around 30,000 annually today to 69,000 by 2020, compared to 228,000 projected arrivals under the high growth scenario for British visitors and 256,000 on the same basis for American visitors. The slides include study of the kinds of improvements that existing services between Auckland and major Indian hubs, with New Delhi and Mumbai by far the most common source of originating flights for visitors from India, with Hyderabad some distance behind.

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