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Melbourne Airport achieves 9% international passenger growth in third quarter

Apr 20, 2012

Melbourne Airport’s international passengers grew by 9 per cent in the third quarter of the 2011/12, compared to the same period last year or an additional 144,916 passengers and taking total international passengers, to 1,767,378 for the quarter.

Melbourne Airport CEO, Mr Chris Woodruff, said that Asia and particularly China, is the driving force for international passenger growth.

“This is paying great dividends for Victoria as a destination for international visitors, and is part of our strategy to ensure that Melbourne attracts its proper share of international passenger traffic in and out of Australia.” 

Countries with strong growth in passport holders for the quarter included China and Japan which grew by 18.2 per cent, Taiwan by 16.9 per cent, Sri Lanka by 14.4 per cent, the Philippines by 11.8 per cent, USA by 11.9 per cent and NZ by 9.2.  Australian passport holders increased by 10 per cent.

“Melbourne’s calendar of events also help to boost our international passenger growth as people from around the world were attracted to Melbourne for world class events including the Australian Open, the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, the Melbourne International Food & Wine Fair and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival,” continued Mr Woodruff.

Domestic passengers increased by one per cent during the quarter, or an additional 36,842 passengers taking domestic passengers to 5,362,898.  Total passengers to for the quarter reached 7,130,276.

“We are focused on making sure that Melbourne Airport is ready for future growth in domestic travel, and the Southern Precinct project which includes the development of a new domestic terminal, airfield facilities, ground transport infrastructure and road upgrades is part of our proposed program of investment over the next five years that is budgeted in excess $1 billion.”

For the month of March 2012, international passengers increased by 16.5 per cent resulting in 569,920 passengers, an additional 80,591 passengers compared to the same period last year. Australian passport holders increased by 16.2 per cent compared to March 2011. Domestically, passengers increased by less than one per cent compared to the same month last year, resulting in a total of 1,876,111 domestic passengers and taking total passengers to 2,446,031 for the month.  

Passenger figures for Quarter 3:

  Quarter 3 Financial year to date Moving annual total
 

2011/12

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2010/11

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Change

(%)

2011/12

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2010/11

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Change

(%)

Dec 2011

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Dec 2010

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Change

(%)

International 1,767 1,622 9% 5,185 4,756 9% 6,716 6,083 10%
Domestic 5,363 5,326 1% 16,168 16,681 (3%) 21,390 21,849 (2%)
Total (ex transits) 7,130 6,948 3% 21,353 21,437 0% 28,106 27,932 1%
Transit 36 40 (10%) 103 108 (5%) 133 131 2%
Total 7,166 6,988 3% 21,456 21,545 0% 28,239 28,063 1%

 

Strong performing nationalities by passport holders for quarter 3 include:

North Asia (%)* South East Asia (%)* Europe (%)* Other (%)*
China 18.2 Philippines 11.8 Greece 19.5 Canada 12.8
Japan 18.2 India 8.8 Ireland 1.8 USA 11.9
Taiwan 16.9 Sri Lanka 14.4 Sweden 7.6 NZ 9.2
Hong Kong 6.8 Indonesia 6.0 France 4.7    

 *percentage growth compared to quarter three 2011

Strong performing nationalities by passport holders for March include:

North Asia (%)* South East Asia (%)* Europe (%)* Other (%)*
China 35.8 Philippines 22.7 Ireland 27.7 Brazil 41.9
Japan 30.1 Sri Lanka 14.2 Sweden 21.0 Argentina 26.0
Hong Kong 25.2 India 13.5 France 13.0 Canada 15.1
Taiwan 21.6 Malaysia 7.9 Spain 10.7  USA  9.1
 South Korea  11.1  Indonesia  5.1  UK  10.0  NZ  6.8

 *monthly percentage growth compared to March 2011

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