26 Oct 2011

Airline numbers down

5:59 am on 26 October 2011

Despite the Rugby World Cup attracting thousands of visitors, Air New Zealand carried 1.2 million fewer passengers during September, 4.8% less than last year.

Short haul passenger numbers fell 4.3% and long haul passenger numbers dropped by 8.8%.

The airline says an influx of visitors for the Cup was in line with expectations, but the movement of the school holidays to October lessened demand.