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Auckland and Mumbai airports sign 'sistership' MoU

Auckland Airport has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Mumbai International Airport that will see the airports form a ‘sister airport’ relationship.

The airport sistership has been established to increase international air links and tourism between and beyond both airports’ respective countries.

Glenn Wedlock, Auckland Airport’s general manager aeronautical commercial, says the sistership is important as India is a key market for New Zealand and 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% of these visitors entering through Auckland Airport, we consider India to be a very important market for us,” says Wedlock.

“The Indian travel market represents a huge growth opportunity for New Zealand tourism. Our ambitious 2020 strategy targets 69,000 Indian arrivals by 2020 which is equivalent to 14% growth per annum over the next six years,” adds Wedlock.

Wedlock continued: “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.”

In January 2014, the number of Indian visitors to Auckland increased by 16%, compared to the same month in 2013.

Mr Naveen Chawla, vice president aero marketing from Mumbai International Airport, says: “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.”

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