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CONFIDENT INTERNATIONAL PASSENGERS DELIVER MELBOURNE AIRPORTS BUSIEST CHRISTMAS WEEKEND ON RECORD

Dec 23, 2008

Traditionally the weekend before Christmas is busy at Melbourne Airport, but the weekend of 20-21 December 2008 exceeded records with 32,812 international passengers departing and arriving in to Melbourne, an increase of 2,065 passengers on the previous year’s weekend before Christmas. 


Melbourne Airport CEO Chris Woodruff said that this increase proved that more direct international seats have been well received by travellers and have stimulated Victoria’s international air travel.

“Demand for Melbourne Airport flights has always been above supply. Now there are more seats, people are flying direct and the travelling public is obviously taking advantage of some of the great deals being offered by airlines. Increased seats on many routes means there are more options for direct flights available to many popular destinations” he said.

“The recent introduction of AirAsia X into Melbourne has added to the great range of budget international options, and airlines such as Vietnam Airlines, Qantas, Pacific Blue, Thai Airways, Philippine Airlines, Garuda Indonesia and the three Chinese airlines have increased capacity. Most airlines are also currently offering sensational deals. Travellers are realising that they can fly directly between Melbourne and many international destinations, avoiding the inconvenient and time consuming transit in other airports” added Mr Woodruff.

Passenger numbers have also been boosted as a result of Melbourne’s six domestic airlines serving an extensive network enabling more Australians to easily use Melbourne as their gateway to travel internationally. The single terminal precinct and easy transfer between domestic and international terminals gives passengers a unique convenience when using Melbourne Airport.

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