Auckland Airport is gearing up to welcome Rugby World Cup visitors

26 August 2011

The Rugby World Cup is fast approaching and Auckland Airport will be humming as the players arrive, the fans flock in from all over the world and the rugby matches kick off.

As the gateway to New Zealand, Auckland Airport will be busy welcoming Rugby World Cup visitors who are flying into Auckland. Over the six week Rugby World Cup period, there will be around 85,000 extra international visitors flying into Auckland Airport specifically for the tournament.

During the Rugby World Cup, a few peak days have been identified where Auckland Airport will experience heavy numbers of passengers passing through the airport.

For the Domestic Terminal, these days are set to be 10, 16, 17, and 24 October.

Over at the International Terminal, the peak days are likely to be 14, 17, 24, 25 and 26 October.

Auckland Airport will provide updates of any changes to these dates that may occur as the Rugby World Cup draws closer.

As the countdown to kick-off begins, Auckland Airport has five simple steps that passengers can take to help make their journey that little bit better. Countdown...

5. Don’t miss kick-off – check your flight schedule at and make sure you are at the airport on time. Be sure to leave plenty of time to go through screening and processing, particularly on the peak days.

4. Make sure you are match-fit – be ready for any airport security requirements, like making sure you have all your documents with you or ensuring that there are no banned items in your luggage. And be sure to follow instructions about liquids, aerosols and gels. You can find out more about these requirements by visiting:

3. Play to the whistle – help make your travel easier by following any instructions or advice you get from airport staff. If you are meeting friends or family at the airport for immediate pick up or drop off, make sure you stick to the designated areas – just look for the signs as you drive into the terminal forecourts or go to to find out more.

2. Know your airport team – be in the know about all the services available from the airport team that can help make your journey even better. Go to to find out about what we offer.

1. Enjoy the game – it’s going to be a fantastic event, so enjoy the journey!