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Melbourne Airport achieves 5 per cent total passenger growth in July

Aug 20, 2012

Melbourne Airport has recorded a 5 per cent increase in total passenger numbers during July compared to the same period last year.

Domestic passenger numbers increased by 6 per cent to 1,929,506 passengers, reflecting the recovery in domestic activity following the disruptions at this time last year.

Melbourne Airport CEO, Chris Woodruff, said “Despite the challenges over the last two years, domestic airlines are providing more capacity and services.  The recent announcements by Virgin Australia and Qantas to increase their A330 services between Melbourne and Perth are a great example of this.  And it’s great for Victorian travellers.”

International passengers increased by 1 per cent on the same period last year.

China continued to lead international passenger growth, with an 8 per cent increase. Other markets, such as India, Vietnam, Sri Lanka and New Zealand also grew.

“We are in ongoing discussions with our airline customers about introducing more direct services to Melbourne, to bring more international visitors to Melbourne and Australia, and to provide Victorians with more travelling options.”

“Just last week we welcomed an additional daily A380 service from Singapore Airlines and in October, Emirates will introduce their twentieth A380 into service here in Melbourne.  Later in the year, Jetstar will also reintroduce direct services to Hawaii,” said Mr Woodruff.

"Our investment in terminals, aerobridges and baggage handling systems to serve the A380, is paying dividends with Melbourne becoming a leading A380 destination. We’ll continue to invest in infrastructure to provide more capacity for domestic and international airlines, including ongoing planning for our new Southern Precinct domestic terminal.”

Passenger figures for July:

Passengers July 2012 July 2011 Growth (%)*
 International  587,272 581,564 1.0
Domestic  1,929,506 1,816,704 6.0
 Total 2,516,778 2,398,268 5.0

*percentage growth compared to July 2011

Strong performing nationalities by passport holders for July include:

North Asia (%)* South East Asia (%)* Europe (%)* Other (%)*
China 8.4 Vietnam 9.9 Greece 14.2 Argentina 46.1
Taiwan 5.7 Sri Lanka 9.4 Ireland 13.6 NZ 9.9
Hong Kong 5.1 India 7.9 Italy 10.6 Fiji 7.2







*percentage growth compared to July 2011

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