Strong third quarter passenger results at Melbourne Airport
Apr 21, 2008
The third quarter of the 2007/2008 financial year – which included the busy Easter travel period – has seen continued growth across domestic and international passenger numbers.
Overall passenger numbers were up 11 per cent for the quarter – the equivalent of approximately 646,000 additional passengers through Melbourne Airport. For the year to date, passengers have increased by seven percent, or an extra 1.2 million additional passengers.
International traffic rose by three percent for the quarter, reflecting high passenger loads across Melbourne’s 20 international airlines. Transit passengers reduced again as international carriers continued to replace services shared with other Australian capital cities with direct services to Melbourne.
“Our international growth is a good result, considering the strong growth experienced during the previous year – particularly with significant traffic from the United Kingdom for the 2007 Ashes test cricket series,” said Melbourne Airport CEO Chris Woodruff.
On the local front, domestic passenger numbers experienced an outstanding quarter, growing by 14 per cent compared to the same quarter of 2006/2007. Mr Woodruff attributed the result to the current state of Australia’s domestic airline market, with a large number of new and additional services introduced during the third quarter.
“We now have six domestic airlines operating at Melbourne Airport. We are optimistic about the potential for further growth on the domestic front,” said Mr Woodruff.
MELBOURNE AIRPORT PASSENGER NUMBERS
|Quarter 3||Year to date|
|2007/2008 (‘000)||2006/2007 (‘000)||% Change||2007/2008 (‘000)||2006/2007 (‘000)||% Change|
|International||1,247||1,206||+ 3%||3,643||3,455||+ 5%|
|Domestic||5,035||4,422||+ 14%||14,581||13,514||+ 8%|
|Transit||34||42||- 18%||96||83||- 23%|
|Total||6,316||5,670||+ 11%||18,320||17,094||+ 7%|