24 Aug 2011

Airport awaits influx of private jets

6:53 am on 24 August 2011

More private jets are expected to arrive in New Zealand over the next few months as VIPs fly in to see their preferred Rugby World Cup games.

Auckland International Airport Ltd expects about 20 private jets to visit during the tournament, double the usual number arriving in the country.

It says the numbers mean it will not be able to park them all on its tarmac and some will need to fly to nearby airports for parking after their passengers have been landed.

Chief executive Simon Moutter says that while the airport makes some profit from private jets, their small size means it's minimal compared to the rest of its business.

However, he says the airport will want to do a "fantastic job" for the visiting VIPs since they are influential people and the company want to give them a great impression of New Zealand.

In total, about 90,000 visitors are expected to travel to New Zealand for the Cup.

Mr Moutter says many of those are likely to arrive at Auckland airport, providing a good boost for business at a quieter time of the year.