Auckland Airport has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Mumbai Airport that will see the two airports form a ‘sister airport’ relationship. The airport sistership has been established with objectives that include increasing international air links and tourism between and beyond both airports’ respective countries.
Glenn Wedlock, general manager aeronautical commercial, Auckland Airport, said, “The sistership is important as India is a key market for New Zealand and is a key focus for Tourism New Zealand over the next three years.”
“With over 31,250 Indian visitor arrivals to New Zealand in the last 12 months, and over 80 per cent of these visitors entering through Auckland Airport, we consider India to be a very important market for us,” added Wedlock.
“Within India, Mumbai is a key market for New Zealand and we believe this sister airport relationship with Mumbai International Airport will facilitate further traffic growth between the two key hubs through joint ventures,” said Wedlock. “We will also be working closely together to stimulate more Indian visitor arrivals to New Zealand in the peak Indian travel times of May and December, thus increasing growth in New Zealand’s shoulder tourism season.”
Naveen Chawla, vice president, Aero Marketing, GVK Mumbai International Airport, said, “In the dynamic aviation scenario, airports worldwide are seeing the benefits of closer ties through ‘sister’ agreements. Mumbai and Auckland are both leading gateways and the agreement would promote co-operation between the two airports in developing the traffic flow between the two countries. The sister airport partnership between these two major gateways will also bring in best practices to improve services offered to passengers, airlines and all other stakeholders.”
“This association between both our airports is very timely. The new integrated Terminal 2 at Mumbai with enhanced airport infrastructure is capable of handling the expected growth in the passenger traffic and can also accommodate all types of aircraft with adequate parking bays. The whole airport experience is enhanced with customised retail, food and beverage, branded duty free and overall passenger experience,” continues Chawla.
“As well as this, the Cricket World Cup is to be hosted in New Zealand next year. This will certainly provide a great opportunity to showcase New Zealand to Indian visitors as they come to support the Indian team defend their world title,” concludes Wedlock.