400,000 MORE PASSENGERS DELIVER FIRST QUARTER GROWTH
Oct 17, 2008
First quarter of the 2008/09 financial year has seen Melbourne Airport’s domestic and international passengers grow despite the current economic climate.
The airport handled 7% more passengers than the corresponding quarter last year, representing 6.2M passengers, or 400,000 more passengers.
International passenger growth of 3% delivered 1.2M passengers for the quarter, or 35,000 more than the same period last year.
Domestic growth of 8% delivered nearly 5M domestic passengers, or 360,000 more passengers than the corresponding quarter.
CEO Chris Woodruff said that while the later part of the quarter was affected by economic concerns, international growth was assisted by increased international airline seats into Melbourne compared with the previous year.
Domestic passenger growth of 8% was encouraging and included travel for the AFL final series. “It is another example of Victoria’s major events delivering economic benefits for the State” he said.
“We will be watching the 2nd quarter with interest. Travel to Melbourne from the USA, New Zealand and Europe may be effected by economic conditions in those countries, but this could be balanced by the weaker Australian dollar making Australia a more attractive destination” he said.
“We will continue to assess passenger growth and continue to align our future facilities expansion with demand, as we always have, to ensure infrastructure is available when it is needed” he said.
Mr Woodruff said the $330M international terminal expansion and the $70M car park extension were both on time and on budget. “There are more international airlines seats coming on line - including two new airlines for Melbourne - over the next 6 months and we will be ready” said Chris Woodruff.
MELBOURNE AIRPORT PASSENGER NUMBERS
|Quarter 4||Year to date|
|2007/2008 (‘000)||2006/2007 (‘000)||% Change||2007/2008 (‘000)||2006/2007 (‘000)||% Change|
|International||1,193||1,158||+ 3%||1,193||1,158||+ 3%|
|Domestic||4,993||4,626||+ 8%||4,993||4,626||+ 8%|
|Transit||28||30||- 7%||28||30||- 7%|
|Total||6,214||5,814||+ 7%||6,214||5,814||+ 7%|