List of the busiest airports in New Zealand

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This is a list of the busiest airports in New Zealand by passenger numbers and aircraft movements. Passenger numbers are tabulated annually at the end of the financial year for the majority of airports (June 30).

Passenger numbers[edit]

2018[edit]

Rank Airport IATA Location Passengers
1. Auckland International Airport AKL Auckland 20,530,048[1]
2. Christchurch International Airport CHC Christchurch 6,868,948[2]
3. Wellington International Airport WLG Wellington 6,213,589[3]
4. Queenstown International Airport ZQN Queenstown 2,140,669[4]
5. Nelson Airport NSN Nelson 1,061,000[5]
6. Dunedin International Airport DUD Dunedin 1,035,645[6]
7. Hawkes Bay Airport NPE Napier 700,000[7]
8. Palmerston North Airport PMR Palmerston North 657,515[8]
9. New Plymouth Airport NPL New Plymouth 436,912[9]
10. Tauranga Airport TRG Tauranga 405,000[10]
11. Hamilton Airport HLZ Hamilton 353,000[11]
12. Blenheim Airport BHE Blenheim 322,139[12]
13. Invercargill Airport IVC Invercargill 307,308[13]
14. Rotorua International Airport ROT Rotorua TBC

2017[edit]

Rank Airport IATA Location Passengers
1. Auckland International Airport AKL Auckland 19,020,573[14]
2. Christchurch International Airport CHC Christchurch 6,566,598[15]
3. Wellington International Airport WLG Wellington 6,049,194[16]
4. Queenstown International Airport ZQN Queenstown 1,892,443 [17]
5. Nelson Airport NSN Nelson 1,000,373[18]
6. Dunedin International Airport DUD Dunedin 973,089[19]
7. Hawkes Bay Airport NPE Napier 652,456 [20]
8. Palmerston North Airport PMR Palmerston North 630,000[21]
9. New Plymouth Airport NPL New Plymouth 435,000[22]
10. Tauranga Airport TRG Tauranga 350,085[23]
11. Hamilton Airport HLZ Hamilton 317,348[24]
12. Blenheim Airport BHE Blenheim 302,884[25]
13. Invercargill Airport IVC Invercargill 294,832[26]
14. Rotorua International Airport ROT Rotorua 241,303[27]

2016[edit]

Rank Airport IATA Location Passengers
1. Auckland International Airport AKL Auckland 17,260,349[28]
2. Christchurch International Airport CHC Christchurch 6,305,717[29]
3. Wellington International Airport WLG Wellington 5,848,795[30]
4. Queenstown International Airport ZQN Queenstown 1,651,109 [31]
5. Dunedin International Airport DUD Dunedin 909,614[32]
6. Nelson Airport NSN Nelson 865,023 [33]
7. Hawkes Bay Airport NPE Napier 566,431[34]
8. Palmerston North Airport PMR Palmerston North 515,727[35]
9. New Plymouth Airport NPL New Plymouth 411,661[36]
10. Hamilton Airport HLZ Hamilton 303,000[37]
11. Tauranga Airport TRG Tauranga 298,000
12. Invercargill Airport IVC Invercargill 289,836[38]
13. Blenheim Airport BHE Blenheim 266,905[39]
14. Rotorua International Airport ROT Rotorua 222,983[40]

2015[edit]

Rank Airport IATA Location Passengers
1. Auckland International Airport AKL Auckland 15,892,741[41]
2. Christchurch International Airport CHC Christchurch 5,915,785[42]
3. Wellington International Airport WLG Wellington 5,457,279 [43]
4. Queenstown International Airport ZQN Queenstown 1,409,663[44]
5. Dunedin International Airport DUD Dunedin 861,982[45]
6. Nelson Airport NSN Nelson 764,050[46]
7. Hawkes Bay Airport NPE Napier 476,000[47]
8. Palmerston North Airport PMR Palmerston North 466,557[48]
9. New Plymouth Airport NPL New Plymouth 342,000[49]
10. Hamilton Airport HLZ Hamilton 291,000[50]
11. Tauranga Airport TRG Tauranga 285,992[51]
12. Invercargill Airport IVC Invercargill 277,838[52]
13. Blenheim Airport BHE Blenheim 250,000[53]
14. Rotorua International Airport ROT Rotorua 222,226[54]

2014[edit]

Rank Airport IATA Location Passengers
1. Auckland International Airport AKL Auckland 15,098,346[55]
2. Christchurch International Airport CHC Christchurch 5,709,272[56]
3. Wellington International Airport WLG Wellington 5,437,286[57]
4. Queenstown International Airport ZQN Queenstown 1,248,878[58]
5. Dunedin International Airport DUD Dunedin 853,097[59]
6. Nelson Airport NSN Nelson 744,416[46]
7. Hawkes Bay Airport NPE Napier 456,672[60]
8. Palmerston North Airport PMR Palmerston North 455,166[48]
9. New Plymouth Airport NPL New Plymouth 343,572[61]
10. Hamilton Airport HLZ Hamilton 294,396[62]
11. Invercargill Airport IVC Invercargill 281,811[63]
12. Tauranga Airport TRG Tauranga 273,857[64]
13. Blenheim Airport BHE Blenheim 241,173[65]
14. Rotorua International Airport ROT Rotorua 215,276[66]

2013[edit]

Rank Airport IATA Location Passengers
1. Auckland International Airport AKL Auckland 14,862,485[67]
2. Christchurch International Airport CHC Christchurch 5,576,821[68]
3. Wellington International Airport WLG Wellington 5,373,622[57]
4. Queenstown International Airport ZQN Queenstown 1,215,526 [69]
5. Dunedin International Airport DUD Dunedin 857,951[59]
6. Nelson Airport NSN Nelson 767,298[70]
7. Hawkes Bay Airport NPE Napier 451,128[71]
8. Palmerston North Airport PMR Palmerston North 445,147[72]
9. New Plymouth Airport NPL New Plymouth 332,178[73]
10. Hamilton International Airport HLZ Hamilton 306,000[74]
11. Invercargill Airport IVC Invercargill 280,000[75]
12. Tauranga Airport TRG Tauranga 261,265[64]
13. Blenheim Airport BHE Blenheim 227,886[65]
14. Rotorua International Airport ROT Rotorua 217,545[66]

2012[edit]

Rank Airport IATA Location Passengers
1. Auckland International Airport AKL Auckland 14,160,640[76]
2. Christchurch International Airport CHC Christchurch 5,485,023[77]
3. Wellington International Airport WLG Wellington 5,191,729[78]
4. Queenstown International Airport ZQN Queenstown 1,156,250[79]
5. Dunedin International Airport DUD Dunedin 853,650[80]
6. Nelson Airport NSN Nelson 776,448[81]
7. Palmerston North International Airport PMR Palmerston North 449,318[82]
8. Hawkes Bay Airport NPE Napier 440,704[83]
9. Hamilton International Airport HLZ Hamilton 354,000[84]
10. New Plymouth Airport NPL New Plymouth 321,337[85]
11. Invercargill Airport IVC Invercargill 285,000[86]
12. Tauranga Airport TRG Tauranga 248,519[64]
13. Rotorua International Airport ROT Rotorua 226,795[87]
14. Blenheim Airport BHE Blenheim 221,707[65]

2011[edit]

Rank Airport IATA Location Passengers
1. Auckland International Airport AKL Auckland 13,703,043[88]
2. Christchurch International Airport CHC Christchurch 5,592,529[89]
3. Wellington International Airport WLG Wellington 5,135,000[90]
4. Queenstown International Airport ZQN Queenstown 966,574[88]
5. Dunedin International Airport DUD Dunedin 776,508[80]
6. Nelson Airport NSN Nelson 758,250[91]
7. Palmerston North International Airport PMR Palmerston North 449,090[92]
8. Hawkes Bay Airport NPE Napier 431,903[93]
9. Hamilton International Airport HLZ Hamilton 362,000[94]
10. New Plymouth Airport NPL New Plymouth 300,960[85]
11. Invercargill Airport IVC Invercargill 281,633[95]
12. Tauranga Airport TRG Tauranga 246,485[64]
13. Rotorua International Airport ROT Rotorua 227,578[96]
14. Blenheim Airport BHE Blenheim 212,179[65]

Total aircraft movements[edit]

This list includes aircraft operating under both instrument flight rules (IFR) and visual flight rules (VFR) and includes international movements. Consequently the figures do not distinguish between commercial passenger flights and private aircraft movements. It is compiled from Airways New Zealand movement data.[97]

2018[edit]

Rank Airport IATA Location Movements
1. Auckland International Airport AKL Auckland 157,095
2. Hamilton International Airport HLZ Hamilton 135,404
3. Christchurch International Airport CHC Christchurch 107,822
4. Wellington International Airport WLG Wellington 101,161
5. Tauranga Airport TRG Tauranga 70,450
6. Palmerston North International Airport PMR Palmerston North 55,960
7. Nelson Airport NSN Nelson 45,677
8. Queenstown International Airport ZQN Queenstown 43,012
9. Kapiti Coast Airport PPQ Kapiti Coast 31,241
10. RNZAF Base Ohakea OHA Ohakea 28,807
11. New Plymouth Airport NPL New Plymouth 24,910
12. Hawkes Bay Airport NPE Napier 24,386
13. Invercargill Airport IVC Invercargill 23,058
14. Dunedin International Airport DUD Dunedin 22,758
15. Rotorua International Airport ROT Rotorua 22,532

2012[edit]

Rank Airport IATA Location Movements
1. Auckland International Airport AKL Auckland 155,903
2. Hamilton International Airport HLZ Hamilton 128,744
3. Christchurch International Airport CHC Christchurch 108,757
4. Wellington International Airport WLG Wellington 102,454
5. Tauranga Airport TRG Tauranga 72,652
6. Palmerston North International Airport PMR Palmerston North 67,395
7. Nelson Airport NSN Nelson 48,073
8. Queenstown International Airport ZQN Queenstown 43,776
9. Kapiti Coast Airport PPQ Kapiti Coast 33,702
10. RNZAF Base Ohakea OHA Ohakea 30,959
11. New Plymouth Airport NPL New Plymouth 30,773
12. Invercargill Airport IVC Invercargill 28,491
13. Dunedin International Airport DUD Dunedin 25,328
14. Hawkes Bay Airport NPE Napier 25,242
15. Rotorua International Airport ROT Rotorua 22,092

2011[edit]

Rank Airport IATA Location Movements
1. Auckland International Airport AKL Auckland 156,484
2. Christchurch International Airport CHC Christchurch 121,112
3. Hamilton International Airport HLZ Hamilton 110,419
4. Wellington International Airport WLG Wellington 105,585
5. Tauranga Airport TRG Tauranga 74,400
6. Palmerston North International Airport PMR Palmerston North 65,708
7. RNZAF Base Ohakea OHA Ohakea 55,726
8. Nelson Airport NSN Nelson 50,094
9. Queenstown International Airport ZQN Queenstown 41,769
10. New Plymouth Airport NPL New Plymouth 32,791
11. Invercargill Airport IVC Invercargill 30,840
12. Dunedin International Airport DUD Dunedin 29,229
13. Hawkes Bay Airport NPE Napier 27,322
14. Rotorua International Airport ROT Rotorua 22,682

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