Melbourne Airport


2007/2008 passenger results positive for Melbourne Airport

Jul 21, 2008

Melbourne Airport has seen its largest growth in 3 years in both international and domestic passengers during 2007/08. Total passenger numbers increased by just over 1.7 million to 24.3 million, an average of 34,000 additional passengers each week compared to the previous year. 

International passenger traffic reached 4.7 million for the first time, a 5% increase, or an additional 242,000 passengers, compared to 2006/2007. Domestic passenger numbers performed very strongly, delivering 9% growth, or over 1.5 million passengers, on the previous year.

“Qantas remains the dominant domestic carrier; Virgin Blue has expanded its operations in to the second concourse at Terminal 3; and Jetstar continues to operate the majority of its Victorian flights through Melbourne Airport,” said Melbourne Airport CEO Chris Woodruff. 

“We are proud that Tiger Airways chose Melbourne Airport as its Australian home and their entry in to the domestic market has broadened the range of options for passengers with a variety of service levels and price points available,” he said. 

“Melbourne Airport is the only capital city east coast airport with the 6 major domestic airlines and it has clearly driven business growth,” added Mr Woodruff.

On the international front, new capacity from carriers such as Qantas, Cathay Pacific, Thai Airways, Air New Zealand, Korean Air, Philippine Airlines, Air Vanuatu, Air China, China Southern and China Eastern and others has meant more seats available in the 07/08 year. 

The reduction in international transit passengers during the year directly reflected more passengers travelling on direct services to and from Melbourne.

“As we have seen during this year, Victorians and international visitors clearly respond well to an increase in direct services from airlines,” said Mr Woodruff.

Mr Woodruff said that the growth experienced in the 2007/2008 year was a good sign for Victoria’s aviation future. “These results bode well for the $330 million T2 expansion projects commenced this year, which will double Victoria’s international capacity when all are completed in 2011.”


 Quarter 4Year to date
  2007/2008 (‘000) 2006/2007 (‘000) % Change 2007/2008 (‘000) 2006/2007 (‘000) % Change
International 1,131 1,077 + 5% 4,774 4,532 + 5%
Domestic 4,782 4,292 + 11% 19,363 17,806 + 9%
Transit 27 32 - 16% 123 157 - 21%
Total 5,940 5,401 + 10% 24,260 22,495 + 8%

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