Wellington Airport is ready to reconnect you to the world

16 Mar 2022

Wellington Airport is thrilled by today’s news the borders will be reopening earlier than planned for international travellers.

Steve Sanderson, Wellington Airport’s Chief Executive said: “Being able to welcome back international visitors is great news not only for the airport and all our airport stakeholders, but for the whole Wellington region.

“Pre-Covid Wellington Airport facilitated more than 900,000 international passengers and international tourists spent more than $900m in the region per year. Welcoming back these visitors will provide a huge boost to the entire tourism industry, signal the return of international students, and reinstate important connections for local business. It will also mean so much to many families around New Zealand who have been desperately waiting to reconnect with loved ones overseas.”

At this stage, approximately 450 international flights are scheduled to and from Wellington Airport during April to June, though this is likely to change as airlines assess the impact of the border announcement.

“The situation is constantly evolving and following today’s news, we expect airlines will revise their schedules and reintroduce services faster than initially planned”, said Sanderson.

“We are working closely with airlines and will provide updates as soon as possible.”

Travellers are advised to speak to airlines for latest updates.

Currently Wellington Airport is set to welcome its first international flight to the Capital on 31 March from Brisbane with Air New Zealand. From 1 April, Wellingtonians will be able to fly non-stop to Brisbane, from 4 April non-stop to Melbourne and from 5 April non-stop to Sydney. Fiji Airways also plan to start flying non-stop to Nadi from Wellington on 13 April and Qantas is looking to return from 23 May with services to Sydney and Melbourne.