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Melbourne Airport's international growth sustained in August

Sep 20, 2011

Melbourne Airport’s strong international passenger growth was sustained in August with an additional 54,715 passengers or an 11.5 per cent increase compared to August last year, taking international passengers to 531,842 for the month.

Melbourne Airport CEO, Mr Chris Woodruff said, “Our international growth continues to be driven by Asia.  Passport-holders from Indonesia, the Philippines and China all grew by more than 30 per cent.”

“Tourism Victoria forecasts that India, China, Malaysia and Indonesia will be key regions over the next 10-20 years for international visitor growth.  Recent announcements by Jetstar and China Southern regarding increased Melbourne-China services as well as Qantas’ new international strategy are evidence that the focus for growth is squarely within the Asian Pacific region.”

Countries with strong growth in passport holders for August included Indonesia which grew by 86 per cent, China by 32 per cent, Philippines by 30 per cent, Ireland by 20 per cent, South Korea by 13 per cent, Japan by 13 per cent and Thailand by 10 per cent.   Travel by Australian passport holders increased by 14 per cent.

Domestically, there was a decrease of four per cent or 82,008 passengers compared to August last year to 1, 761,929 passengers. Total passenger numbers, domestic and international, for August were 2,293,771.

“Our August passenger figures have undoubtedly been impacted by the interruption to Tiger’s domestic operations and the process of rebuilding their domestic services.  As Tiger Airway’s Australian headquarters, we will continue to work closely with them as they increase their domestic services,” said Mr Woodruff. 

“We have a number of projects underway, and on schedule for completion by the end of the year, to cater for our passenger growth and provide a better experience for our passengers and great service for our airline customers.” 

“Construction on the new entry to the Tullamarine Freeway for city-bound traffic, the APAC Drive on-ramp, is progressing well with works moving from our long term car park into the centre of the freeway.”

“Works in our international arrivals area to add two more baggage carousels and create more space for our border agency partners are also progressing well.  The upgrading of our aerobridges and construction of two new international departure gates are also on track to be operating by December,” said Mr Woodruff.

“Over the next couple of months, we’ll also commence works in our terminal forecourt area to improve traffic flow.  We are working with key stakeholders to make this transition as smooth as possible and to ensure that passengers can get to the terminal area more efficiently while also maintaining the safety of pedestrians.”

“There are also some minor works projects underway, such as improving our pedestrian walkways and we ask all passengers to take note of all signage and to also take care, particularly through the busy September school holiday period.”

Strong performing nationalities by passport holders for August include:

North Asia (%)* South East Asia (%)* Europe (%)* Other (%)*
China 32.1 Indonesia 85.7 Ireland 20.0 New Zealand 9.3
South Korea 13.2 Philippines 30.1 Spain 9.2 Australia 14.3
Japan 12.9 Thailand 9.9 Germany 5.0    
    Vietnam 5.1 France 4.1    

*monthly percentage growth compared to August 2010

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