Wellington Airport is targeting five international airlines for the first long-haul routes once its runway extension project is completed in 2020.
A 330m longer runway will cater for the mid-sized new generation widebodied jetliners.
Wellington International Airport lifted first-half operating profit 3.5% and its 67% owner, Infratil, says the stake's a keeper while it sees considerable upside. With Special audio feature.
The airport company owned by Wellington City Council and Infratil revised its landing fees after the commission previously found it was targeting excessive profits.