Melbourne Airport maintains strong international passenger growth for third quarter
Apr 20, 2011
Melbourne Airport has maintained its strong international passenger growth for the third quarter with an 11 per cent increase compared to the same period last year, taking international passengers to 1,622,462, an increase of 163,314 compared to 2010.
Domestic passenger numbers increased by 3 percent compared to the same period in 2010, taking passenger numbers to 5,326,056. Total passengers grew by 5 per cent reaching 6,948,518, an additional 327,454 passengers for the quarter.
Chris Woodruff, Melbourne Airport CEO, said that the international passenger growth reflected strong growth in key markets, increased capacity and Melbourne’s strong major events calendar.
“Our passenger growth for the third quarter was driven predominantly by our key Asian markets including China, India, South Korea and the Philippines. These markets, in particular China, have grown consistently and significantly during the quarter,” said Mr Woodruff.
“China is one of the fastest growing markets in Australia. As our number one long haul market and growing by 23 per cent for the quarter, it is also without a doubt, the most significant growth market for us.”
“During the quarter we were also very pleased to welcome two new airlines to Melbourne Airport. Strategic Airlines commenced direct flights to the popular holiday destination, Phuket and Royal Brunei also commenced direct flights to Brunei. As the 26th and 27th international airlines at Melbourne Airport, these new services provide the Melbourne market with even further choice when choosing their global destinations.”
“We work hard to attract new airlines to Melbourne Airport to give our passengers more choice. To do this, we offer our airline customers key benefits such as lower aeronautical charges and high service levels as well as the flexibility of a single terminal and curfew free operations,” said Mr Woodruff.
“In terms of attracting travellers, the state’s major events calendar has seen Melbourne host some superb events over the last quarter. Events such as the Formula 1 Grand Prix, The Australian Tennis Open, The International Comedy Festival and the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival reflect the passion Melbourne has for its major events as well as showcases Melbourne for the magnificent city it is on a global stage.”
“Looking at domestic passenger numbers, growth for the quarter has been modest, said Mr Woodruff. “We know that the extreme weather experienced over the last few months has impacted heavily on people’s travel plans. It’s also worth remembering that last year’s March passenger numbers included most of the Easter holiday period as Easter was a lot earlier. This year, we are only just about to enjoy the Easter break and we are well into April.”
For the month of March, international passengers increased by 3 per cent resulting in 489,329 passengers, an additional 13,185 passengers compared to March 2010. Domestic passenger numbers increased by 1 per cent, resulting in a total of 1,864,152 domestic passengers. Total passengers numbers for March reached 2,353,481, an increase of 2 per cent or an additional 39,309 passengers compared to the same period in 2010.