Auckland Airport's international focus

Last updated 08:28 31/08/2012

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Auckland Airport believes it can help the industry grow total international visitor arrivals to 3.5 million by 2020, up from the current 2.6 million.

Acting chief executive Simon Robertson said one of its two key areas of focus will be to grow international visitor volumes and replace its existing domestic terminal.

'The biggest driver of our financial outcomes will always be international passenger volume growth,' he said.

As one of the country's industry leaders, the company had to play its part in promoting New Zealand around the world as a travel, trade and tourism destination, Robertson said.

The value generated by adding another 900,000 international visitors would be at least $8.5 billion to the New Zealand economy, up from $5.8b in 2011, he said.

The company yesterday announced a 41.2 per cent lift in annual profit of $142.28m on last year. A final dividend of 6.1 cents a share was declared, taking the total dividend for the year to 10.5 cents a share. The share price closed 1.5c down at $2.59. Fairfax NZ

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