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China continues to drive international passenger growth

Jun 20, 2012

Strong growth in Chinese passport holders of 19.8 per cent in May has again driven international passenger growth at Melbourne Airport.

Melbourne Airport CEO, Mr Chris Woodruff, said “The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) recently released the 2011 figures for international airline activity in Australia and, reflecting our own growth story, it’s clear that Asia is an increasingly important source of passengers from countries throughout the region.” 

“We have achieved phenomenal growth from our Chinese passport holders and it’s largely due to our strategy of working closely with the state government and the state’s peak tourism bodies, and presenting Victoria as a great tourist destination.  It was also pleasing to note the increase in North Americans travelling in May as a result of increased capacity.”

“We are also continuing to focus on investing in our facilities and road network to continue to deliver the best airport experience we can for all of our passengers and airline customers,” said Mr Woodruff.

“In partnership with Virgin Australia, we have commenced refurbishment of terminal three (T3) and we also commissioned a seventh baggage reclaim in the international arrivals hall. Planning for our new ‘Southern Precinct’ domestic terminal and associated airfield infrastructure is also progressing well.”

“Continuing to improve access to Melbourne Airport is also a priority.  We are now nearing completion on our APAC Drive on-ramp, a new city bound freeway entry and we have a number of other road improvement projects underway to alleviate congestion getting in and around the airport precinct.”

Passenger figures for May:

Passengers May 2012 May 2011 Growth (%)*
 International  499,368  490,306 1.8%
Domestic  1,765,376 1,763,396 0.1%
 Total 2,264,744 2,253,702 0.5%

*percentage growth compared to May 2011

Strong performing nationalities by passport holders for May include:

North Asia (%)* South East Asia (%)* Europe (%)* Other (%)*
China 19.8 Philippines 9.8 Spain 24.3 USA 17.1
Taiwan 7.8 Vietnam 9.5 Sweden 18.1 Canada 15.4
South Korea 4.5 Sri Lanka 8.4 Turkey 17.9 Brazil 11.2
Japan 4.2 India 3.6 Italy 17.0 NZ 4.7







*percentage growth compared to May 2011

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