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International passenger growth up by 5.5% in February 2012

Mar 20, 2012

International passengers at Melbourne Airport increased by 5.5 per cent or an additional 27,769 passengers during February 2012 compared to the same period last year, taking total international passengers to 529,923 for the month.

Melbourne Airport CEO, Mr Chris Woodruff said Melbourne Airport’s international passenger growth came against the backdrop of a challenging international environment for travel.

“Our strategy of attracting new airlines and new services to Melbourne continues to pay dividends for Melbourne and Victoria, particularly in respect of passengers from China and the greater Asian region,” Mr Woodruff said.

International passenger numbers for February 2012 were influenced by the timing of Chinese New Year which drove increased passenger numbers from China in January. Passenger numbers for China decreased by 2.4 per cent in February 2012, to 52,721 passengers, compared to the same period last year because of this calendar effect.

Mr Woodruff said other important markets for Melbourne were increasing capacity, including the commencement of daily services between Melbourne and Bandar Seri Begawan by Royal Brunei Airlines from 25 March. Melbourne is Royal Brunei’s only destination in Australia.

The number of Australians travelling internationally continued to grow in February 2012, with a 10.6 per cent increase in passenger numbers compared to the same time last year.

Domestic passenger numbers increased by 40,234 or 2.5 per cent compared to February 2011, for a total of 1,658,887 passengers for the month.

Total passengers for February increased by 68,003 to 2,188,810 compared to February last year – an increase of 3.2 per cent.

“Domestic air travel has been through a difficult 12 months for a variety of reasons. We are optimistic however about the longer-term prospects and are planning for future growth in domestic travel, including the proposed development of a new domestic terminal at Melbourne Airport,” Mr Woodruff said.

“Tiger’s recent announcement of its second Australian base in Sydney is also welcome news for Melbourne passengers, with additional seats to be provided on the world’s fourth-busiest air route, providing greater choice and competition for our passengers,” Mr Woodruff said.

Strong performing nationalities by passport holders for February include:

North Asia (%)* South East Asia (%)* Europe (%)* Other (%)*
Japan 11.8 Sri Lanka 20.5 Ireland 19.9 NZ 13.5
Taiwan 5.3 Philippines 13.8 Italy 15.6 USA 13.1
South Korea 3.4 India 12.9 France 2.3 Canada 8.0
    Indonesia 5.8 UK 2.0    
    Vietnam 3.6        

*monthly percentage growth compared to February 2011

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