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How to buy Auckland Airport shares (AIA)

The simple guide to investing in AIA shares on the NZX.

Auckland Airport is the entry point to New Zealand for more than 75% of all international visitors and is a crucial arrival and departure point for international freight.

Auckland International Airport Limited shares (AIA) are listed on the New Zealand Stock Exchange (NZX) — keep reading for a step-by-step guide on how to invest in AIA shares.

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How to buy shares in Auckland Airport on the New Zealand Exchange

  1. Compare share trading platforms. If you’re a beginner, look for a platform with low commissions, expert ratings and investment tools to track your portfolio. Narrow down top brands with our comparison table. Most importantly, you need to find a share trading platform that allows you to trade on the NZX.
  2. Open and fund your share trading account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Auckland Airport Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: AIA. Research its history to confirm it’s a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Auckland Airport reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. Weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimise risk through the market’s ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Auckland Airport, depending on your share trading account.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Auckland Airport. Optimise your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

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Auckland Airport overview and background

Auckland Airport is the busiest airport in New Zealand and the third-busiest international airport in Australasia. Some 20.5 million passengers travel through the airport’s terminals each year, while around $15 billion worth of freight passes through Auckland Airport.

First opened in 1966, the airport is located 20km south of the city centre. Its international terminal was opened in 1977 and Auckland Airport now services flights to and from an extensive range of domestic and international destinations.

Auckland International Airport Limited was established in 1988 after the New Zealand Government sold its 51.6% share of the company via a public offer. Ordinary shares in Auckland Airport now trade on both the NZX and the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX).

Performance and company results

Like every business in the transport and aviation industry, Auckland Airport was significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Its financial results for the 2020 financial year, released in August 2020, revealed a 26.5% drop in passengers (down to 15.5 million) compared to the previous year.

Reported profit after tax dropped 63% to $193.9 million, while revenue also decreased 23.7% to $567 million.

Key details

NameAuckland International Airport LimitedIndustryTransport & Aviation
Ticker symbolAIAISINNZAIAE0002S6
TypeOrdinary sharesDate listed on NZX28 Jul 1998
End of financial yearJuneChief executive officerAdrian Littlewood
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