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Melbourne Airport's international passengers continue to surge

Apr 18, 2011

International passenger growth at Melbourne Airport continued in February, with international passengers increasing by 12 per cent, taking total international passengers to 502,154, an increase of 51,816 compared to February 2010.

The strongest performing markets in February included Asia and traditional markets such as New Zealand, the United States of America (USA) and the United Kingdom (UK).  Specifically, Australian passport holders grew by 15 per cent, New Zealand by 15 per cent, China by 21 per cent, South Korea by 24 per cent, Philippines by 13 per cent, Indonesia and Vietnam both grew by 11 per cent, the USA grew by 5 per cent and the UK grew by 3 per cent when compared to February last year. 

Melbourne Airport CEO Chris Woodruff said that China continues to be a key driver of international growth for Melbourne.

“Passenger growth for February was again driven by China, with Chinese passport holders surging by another 21 per cent.  This follows a 33 per cent increase in January and a 22 per cent increase for 2010.”

“China is now Melbourne’s number one long haul market and I thank our airline customers for their continued support in growing this market.”

“In addition, following the recent announcement for increased Australia and China air rights, we look forward to further negotiations between the Australian and Chinese Governments so that we can continue to grow this key Melbourne market.” 

Domestically, passenger numbers declined marginally to 1,618,653 in February, a decrease of 2,700 or less than half a per cent compared to the same time in 2010. 

“We saw the impact of the devastating Queensland and Victorian floods on domestic travel in February”, said Mr Woodruff.  “With the focus fittingly on rebuilding homes and livelihoods, domestic travel was not a high priority for people in February.  However, we don’t see the dip in domestic travel as a permanent one and feel that it will steadily improve over the coming months.”

“March is also such an exciting month in Melbourne.  We are proud to sponsor two of the major draw card events, the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival and Melbourne International Comedy Festival.  And there is also the Formula 1 Qantas Australian Grand Prix.  We expect people will want to be a part of these fantastic events,” said Mr Woodruff.

Top performing international markets in February 2011 included:

Asia (%) Europe (%) Pacific (%)
China 20.6 UK 3.4 NZ 15.4
South Kores 24.4 France 7.0 Fiji 29.8
Philippines 12.5 Germany 10.2 Other (%)
Indonesia 11.3 Ireland 21.1 USA 4.7
Vietnam 11.2 Italy 9.7 Turkey 4.3
    Spain 19.7 Israel 10.3
    Denmark 16.6 South Africa 162.5

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