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Infratil And WLG  
User currently offlineJafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1737 times:

According to the Dominion Post yesterday pax numbers have fallen again at WLG.

I also noticed that the swanky new shops, paying swanky new rents, were seriously un-busy, I was there for 3 hours and didn't see a single sale go through at the Merino Wool shop, the booze shop was shut and the only roaring trade to be had was at the Book/Magazine shop and the CD shop, both of which have been there for yonks.

For all Infratil's hype and cool stickers on the waste-bins this "Wild at Heart" thing doesn't seem to be doing it.

What happens if it fails, do people at WLG get their money back from Infratil or is it classed as a success because that is how it will be "spun"?

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User currently offlineAerokiwi From New Zealand, joined Jul 2000, 2743 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1724 times:

Gee, what an unbelievable surprise!! Who would've thought as tame marketing scheme would do absolutely nothing for the airport, it's stores and passengers.

What then is the reason for the decline? Decreased govt. funded travel? Perhaps because of fewer major corporates in Wellington, with so many having moved to Auckland or Sydney.


User currently offlinePilotdude09 From Australia, joined May 2005, 1777 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1717 times:

Quoting Aerokiwi (Reply 1):
What then is the reason for the decline?

Seriously who wants to go to Wellington to get blown away and fogged in?
Wellington is only on the map because it is the Capital. Theres nothing to do there on holiday.



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User currently offlineJafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 1697 times:

Quoting Pilotdude09 (Reply 2):
Seriously who wants to go to Wellington

Must be plenty of people wanting to fly out though!!


User currently offlineJfr From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 227 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 1659 times:

There's a general downturn in Asian and SW Pacific traffic early this year. AKL has just reported it's first down quarter in ages.

It's not just WLG, and it's certainly not Infratil's fault.

Give Wellington a break, they're turning out one good movie after another down there these days.


User currently offlineJafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 1647 times:

Quoting Jfr (Reply 4):
Give Wellington a break, they're turning out one good movie after another down there these days.

Its not WLG's fault, its just that some people find the re-branding of an airport and unnecessary expense in a country like NZ where you don't have competition between airports, to fly to and from WLG you go to WLG (unless its fog-bound and then you end up in Palmy!) regardless of the brand ofthe airport.

NZ has a history of generic labelling, Nth Island, Sth Island, Cabbage Tree Swamp Drive, Deadhorse Lane etc, so funky titles that cost $$$$$$$$$"s seem like a waste of good beer money.


User currently offlineJfr From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 227 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 1611 times:

Yeah, Jafa, I'm sure there's some of that, but the numbers would have fallen regardless.

I've always sort of liked the town, though, even if the airport is "challenged" by land area, runway length, etc. The movie folks have surely put it on the map. And the arts festival is always great.


User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12282 posts, RR: 18
Reply 7, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 1598 times:
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Quoting Jafa39 (Reply 5):
Cabbage Tree Swamp Drive, Deadhorse Lane etc

Let me guess, those streets are in Auckland

Quoting Jfr (Reply 6):
The movie folks have surely put it on the map. And the arts festival is always great.

Add to that the cafe/dinning capital of NZ

Quoting Jafa39 (Reply 5):
like NZ where you don't have competition between airports, to fly to and from WLG you go to WLG

Wouldn't really call it competition but Air2There.com fly to both Kapiti and WLG, about a 45 minute drive north


User currently offlineJafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 9 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1571 times:

Quoting 777ER (Reply 7):
Let me guess, those streets are in Auckland

Deadhorse Lane is near Invercargill but CTSD is in AKL.


User currently offlineAntskip From Australia, joined Jan 2006, 936 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (8 years 9 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1556 times:

Quoting Pilotdude09 (Reply 2):
Wellington is only on the map because it is the Capital. Theres nothing to do there on holiday.

For those who have spent some time there, Wellington is a beautiful city, quite different from anywhere else in New Zealand. There are plenty of things "to do" - and very easily too - most Wellington "to do" spots are within walking distance of each other. It is a compact and very friendly laidback (like NZ flight attendants!) little smorgasborg of a city nested in soaring hills and a gorgeous harbour. On a windless day there is no clearer light and cleaner air in the world, even in the middle of the city. The city centre is a class above the neglected mess of downtown Auckland. However both AKL and CHC are better gateways to surrounding tourist spots - though WLG is a good staging post for a South (Main) Island holiday: start there and hop over (by ferry or plane) to the Marlborough Sounds and Golden Bay, then head south for the Southern Alps and the rest. Then fly out from CHC. Perhaps when the runway at WLG is upgraded to B777/787 standard, there might be more options into the place.

[Edited 2006-02-25 00:51:19]

[Edited 2006-02-25 00:54:21]

User currently offlineJafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 9 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1516 times:

Quoting Antskip (Reply 9):
On a windless day

Hahahahahahahahahaha! You're kidding right?  Smile


User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12282 posts, RR: 18
Reply 11, posted (8 years 9 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1510 times:
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Quoting Jafa39 (Reply 10):
Quoting Antskip (Reply 9):
On a windless day

Hahahahahahahahahaha! You're kidding right?

Well since your an aucklander (or as what the rest of NZ like to call Auckland, and what part of your username is, JAFA, I won't say how we say JAFAs), so you don't live in WLG then you don't know what nice days WLG does have, like today and yesterday for instance the harbour was like glass and the temp was above 25 degrees, but since the brainless guys at metservice decided to put the weather station beside Cook Strait (have no idea what drugs they were on when they decided that), then false weather reports are given.


User currently offlineJafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 9 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1490 times:

Quoting 777ER (Reply 11):
so you don't live in WLG then you don't know what nice days WLG does have

It's OK dude, I jus' kidding, gotta hassle Wellingtonians and Aussies if you're a Jafa, they won't give you a Kiwi passport if you don't  Smile I spend a lot of time in WLG (all of this coming week in fact) and have had some choice days there but if, like me, you have to park round the back of the beehive and the charles fergusson building regularly you can end up with a stereotypical image of WLG weather, I once got blown past the door of the CF building, and I weigh 95 kilos!!

BTW, I wouldn't miss WLG landings for the world!


User currently offlineNzrich From New Zealand, joined Dec 2005, 1523 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (8 years 9 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1480 times:

Quoting 777ER (Reply 11):
Well since your an aucklander (or as what the rest of NZ like to call Auckland, and what part of your username is, JAFA, I won't say how we say JAFAs), so you don't live in WLG then you don't know what nice days WLG does have, like today and yesterday for instance the harbour was like glass and the temp was above 25 degrees, but since the brainless guys at metservice decided to put the weather station beside Cook Strait (have no idea what drugs they were on when they decided that), then false weather reports are given.

I have to Say you just cant beat WLG on a beautiful day ..Unfortunately you also cant beat WLG on a bad day also ..Just a pity it has those two different extremes



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User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12282 posts, RR: 18
Reply 14, posted (8 years 9 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1467 times:
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Quoting Nzrich (Reply 13):
I have to Say you just cant beat WLG on a beautiful day ..Unfortunately you also cant beat WLG on a bad day also ..Just a pity it has those two different extremes

Then Wellington just wouldn't be full of action if it didnt


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