Auckland Airport punches above its weight

Auckland Airport packs a mighty punch – a NZ$14 billion one – for a small but go-getting airport.


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Not only is Auckland Airport New Zealand’s busiest airport but it is also New Zealand’s second biggest port when measured by value being the transit point for goods worth $14 billion.

“To be identified as the second largest port in NZ is significant for Auckland Airport as it reinforces our position as one of New Zealand’s most important infrastructure assets. Auckland is NZ’s major air freight export gateway accounting for approximately 85 per cent of all export volumes,” said Auckland in response to Payload Asia questions.

Of the 200,000 plus tonnes of freight per year transported through Auckland Airport the lions’ share plus some is perishables including fresh vegetables, fruit, and fish.

A fuller version of this comes from Cathay Pacific who said the bulk of their airfreight was live lobsters, chilled fish and shellfish with a special emphasis on tuna, as well as dairy products and fresh cut flowers, Cymbidium orchids as well as the more usual general cargo and express products.

There are 19 cargo movers operating there and six, so nearly a third, have dedicated freighter services. Those six are Qantas, Atlas, DHL, Singapore, NZ Post and Cathay Pacific although the last one Auckland added is “not scheduled.”