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Strong growth continues for international passengers at Melbourne Airport

Dec 20, 2011

Melbourne Airport is approaching the end of a challenging year for aviation with continuing strong growth in international passenger numbers.

International passenger numbers reached 546,138 for November 2011, a 10 per cent increase compared to the same period last year.

Melbourne Airport CEO, Chris Woodruff, said “The industry has certainly faced some challenges during 2011, so the strong growth in international passengers demonstrates the success of our strategy and is delivering great results for Melbourne and Victoria.”

Markets with strong growth in passport holders for November included Taiwan which increased by 24 per cent; China by 20 per cent; Japan and Korea by 6 per cent. Traditional markets also performed well during November, with Ireland and the US up by 20 per cent, Canada by 18 per cent, and New Zealand by 10 per cent.

International travel by Australian passport holders was up by 13 per cent compared with the same period last year.

“Our focus on the emerging Asian markets continues to drive our international growth, while Victoria’s major events calendar, which boasts world-class events such as the Melbourne Cup, Spring Racing Carnival and the Presidents Cup during November alone, helped to draw visitors from around the world, and more will be on their way for forthcoming events such as the Australian Open and the 2012 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix,” Mr Woodruff said.

There was a three per cent decline in domestic passenger numbers to 1,809,721 passengers compared to the same period last year, reflecting the challenges facing domestic travel, including the impact of the Qantas disruption and Tiger Airways’ rebuilding of its domestic operations.

Total passenger numbers for Melbourne Airport in November 2011 totalled 2,355,409 which was a decline of less than one per cent compared to the same period last year.

Melbourne Airport will finish the year with a number of projects completed or underway to improve the passenger experience and meet the needs of its airline customers.

These include the opening of new baggage carousels for international arrivals; the redevelopment of the terminal forecourt area to ease congestion and improve traffic flow; the upgrading of aerobridges and opening of new gates 18 and 20 in T2; and, the completion of the upgrade of the international departures retail facilities, including the opening of new specialty and food and beverage outlets.

Additional air services are also being introduced in December, with Air Australia’s new domestic service between Melbourne and Brisbane and its new international service to Honolulu, and China Southern is increasing the frequency of its Melbourne-Guangzhou services to twice a day until February 2012.

Strong performing nationalities by passport holders for November include:

North Asia (%)* South Asia (%)* Europe (%)* Other (%)*
Taiwan 23.6 Philippines 13.3 Ireland 19.6 Brazil 22.2
China 20.1 Indonesia 7.0 Greece 15.2 USA 19.8
Japan 2.8 India 5.2 Sweden 5.6 Canada 18.0
South Korea 5.8 Singapore 3.6 Germany 5.3 Australia 13.0
Hong Kong 3.5 Vietnam 2.2 France 4.6 NZ 10.3
*monthly percentage growth compared to November 2010

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