Strong international passenger growth in a tough market
Aug 12, 2009
July has seen the announcement of more international services and yet another positive month for international passenger growth at Melbourne Airport.
It has been the highest July on record for international passengers, with growth of 8% reaching a total of 445,949 passengers.
Domestic passenger numbers were down 2% on last year. "Although our domestic figures are down, the introduction by Tiger of new services on the Melbourne - Sydney route is a sign of confidence in the market for the future" said Melbourne Airport CEO Chris Woodruff.
"July's results are testament to the airlines' commitment to the market, the resilience of Melbourne as a key tourism and business city and the strength of the Victorian economy."
"I want to thank our airline customers for their commitment to the Melbourne market. There is no denying that the industry is facing a challenging time. In this environment, we will continue to work even more closely with our airline customers to keep costs significantly lower than our competitors whilst maintaining excellent service levels. We also continue to invest in Victoria's future with our $330M international terminal expansion" he said.
"AirAsia X has recently announced they will increase Melbourne services from seven per week to 11 per week in December and China Southern will increase their services to three per week in October. Singapore Airlines also announced it will commence daily A380 services in September. This is on the back of Qatar Airway's decision earlier in the year to start its Australian operation from Melbourne in December."
The past year has seen the introduction of Qantas A380 services to Los Angeles in addition to AirAsia X and Etihad commencing Melbourne daily services, Emirates introducing a third daily Dubai service, and increased capacity to and from Melbourne from a number of other airlines including Air China, China Eastern, Pacific Blue, Vietnam Airlines, Philippine Airlines and Garuda Airways.