Travelling safely this festive period

16 Dec 2020

This December, there will be approximately 467,000 seats in and out of Wellington, which is around 90% of last December’s domestic capacity and 74% of total capacity (domestic plus international).

December 18 will be the busiest day at the airport this festive period with 19,500 domestic seats scheduled, compared to an average of 14,300 seats per day in November. Christmas Day is also set to be busier than usual with over 128 flights in and out of Wellington, compared to 107 flights last year.

The most popular routes in and out of Wellington are Auckland, Christchurch, Nelson, Queenstown, Dunedin and Hamilton.

Planning your journey

To ensure you have a pleasant getaway this year, we recommend:

  • Allowing extra time to get to and from the airport
  • Checking-in online before leaving home
  • Booking a car park online, well ahead of travel dates, to secure a space and get a better deal
  • Keeping an eye of Wellington Airport’s website for latest flight information.

For more helpful travel tips, visit our Before you travel page. Our visual guide will also give you a good idea about what to expect when you arrive at the airport.

If you, or someone you are travelling with has a disability that isn’t immediately obvious to airport staff, such as autism, dementia, or anxiety, we can now provide you with a hidden disability lanyard to wear on your journey through the airport. By wearing a lanyard, our staff will recognise you have a hidden disability and may need a little extra help or time. Learn more.

The airlines also offer wheelchair and mobility assistance to help customers with reduced mobility. Please contact your airline directly at least 48 hours before you travel to pre-arrange this service.

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Help make summer unstoppable

To help prevent the spread of Covid-19 and make summer unstoppable:

  • Turn on Bluetooth tracing in your NZ COVID Tracer app
  • Scan QR codes wherever you go
  • Wash and dry your hands
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow
  • Stay home if you're sick, and call Healthline or your doctor to see about a test
  • Travel with a 'COVID-19 kit' — soap, hand sanitiser and a face covering