Wellington Airport is a vitally important piece of national infrastructure providing a significant ongoing contribution to the region’s economy as well as delivering a return to the city and shareholders on the funds invested.
Wild at Heart is the spirit of our successful business and people. These words capture the attitude, passion and professionalism that makes our airport the one people keep coming back to. There is a wild side to where we are – the wild coastline, the wild weather, and our sense of adventure and innovation. There is also a pumping heart – the warm welcome of our people, our integrity, commitment to safety, the environment and our customers in our location at the heart of the nation.
At the 2011 World Travel Awards Wellington Airport was voted best in Australasia. Our new terminal The Rock has won 13 awards including transport category at the prestigious World Architecture Festival, and the Supreme Registered Master Builders Award.
Wellington Airport is 66% owned by Infratil and 34% owned by Wellington City Council. In the year ended March 2011, the airport paid a $9m dividend to Wellington City Council which is the equivalent of $120 for each and every ratepayer.
Of New Zealand’s major airports, Wellington Airport is the most cost efficient. It provides a highly enjoyable experience for travellers and its close proximity to the CBD saves travellers time and money.
By 2030, passenger numbers are expected to double to 10 million. This growth will require a $450m investment in essential infrastructure. The increase will enable Wellington Airport to generate 11,500 new jobs in the region, sustaining 21,000 full time positions and increasing its contribution to the regional economy to $1.6b a year with flow-on impacts of $3.1b.
The Airport supports and sponsors many community organisations and events including: Wellington High Performance Aquatics, The Wellington Regional Community Awards, Department of Conservation, Life Flight Trust, World of Wearable Arts, New Zealand international Arts Festival, Surf Lifesaving, Victoria University Solar Decathlon, Wild at Heart Spirit Awards, The Wellys and the Marine Education Centre/Ocean Exploration Centre.