Located in Frankton, the airport is 8km (10-minute drive) from Queenstown’s CBD.
Queenstown Airport is the fourth busiest airport in the country by passenger numbers, behind Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington.
In the year ended June 2020:
1.87 million passengers passed through the terminal
There were 14,780 scheduled aircraft movements at Queenstown Airport, excluding private jets and general aviation.
Three commercial airlines currently operate at the airport: Air New Zealand, Jetstar and Qantas. Virgin Australia has indicated returning if the border is open in late 2021.
The airport is the direct domestic and international entry point to the lower South Island, providing easy access to Queenstown, one of the world’s premium visitor destinations, and to some of New Zealand’s most renowned scenery and visitor experiences. As such, it serves the communities across the region and contributes significantly to the growth and prosperity of New Zealand’s tourism sector.
Queenstown Airport services the region with frequent domestic and trans-Tasman flights. It receives direct scheduled services from New Zealand’s main metropolitan ports of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch which provide strong regional links throughout the country, as well as from the Australian cities of Brisbane, Coolangatta, Sydney and Melbourne. Auckland and Sydney airports are the major international hub airports for long-haul visitors to the region.
Queenstown Airport is heavily used for tourist 'flightseeing', especially to Milford Sound and Aoraki Mount Cook, and is New Zealand's busiest helicopter port. Private jets are also a growing market, both short and long haul, with aircraft now flying direct from north Asia and the west coast of the United States.
The airport community doubled in size over a 12 month period (during year ended June 2017), growing from approximately 350 staff to a 700-strong team across 60 tenant businesses (airlines, border agencies, general aviation operators, retailers, transport operators etc.). Most of these businesses have moved to double-shift operations in order to service after-dark flights.
Queenstown Airport Corporation (QAC) was incorporated in 1988 and is responsible for the management of Queenstown Airport on behalf of its shareholders. It is governed by an independent Board of Directors.
The airport has two shareholders: Queenstown Lakes District Council (75.01%), and Auckland International Airport Limited (24.99%). Auckland Airport purchased its stake in 2010.
In the year ended 30 June 2020:
QAC provided an interim dividend of $1.0 million to its shareholders. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, no further dividend was declared.
Underlying Profit for the year was $18.0 million, up $1.4 million on the prior year.