Robust performance in a tough market
Sep 21, 2009
August has seen continued international passenger growth for Melbourne Airport and a return to growth in the domestic market producing the highest passenger total on record for the month of August.
International passengers grew by 7.2% and domestic passengers grew by 1.4%.
"There's no denying that we are still operating in a really tough environment and we
continue to do all we can to keep costs to our airline customers low and our service
levels high" said Melbourne Airport CEO Chris Woodruff.
"August results are a tribute to our airlines' commitment to the Melbourne market, the
resilience of Melbourne as a key tourism and business city and the strength of the
"I would like to thank all of our airline customers for their continued support of the
Melbourne market. We have a number of exciting developments happening soon. On
the international front, Singapore Airlines commence daily A380 operations in
September, China Southern will increase services in October, Qatar Airways begin
services in December, AirAsia X will increase services to 11 per week in December, and
V Australia start services to Los Angeles and Phuket in December, followed by
Johannesburg in March 2010.
"Domestically, Tiger Airways will be basing a fifth aircraft here from October as they
increase services to Sydney, and Jetstar will start 5 times daily Sydney services in late
"On top of all of this we continue to invest in Victoria's international aviation capacity with
our $330M international terminal expansion, as well as accelerating other infrastructure
projects to cater for growth" said Mr. Woodruff.
According to the Department of Immigration passport data, some of the major markets
which experienced growth over August 2008 included: