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Melbourne Airport achieves 8 per cent international growth for 2011/12

Jul 24, 2012

International passenger numbers at Melbourne Airport increased by 8 per cent in 2011/12 compared to the previous year with the total number of international passengers reaching 6.78 million for the year.

Melbourne Airport CEO, Chris Woodruff, said the growth in international passenger numbers was a very positive result for the Victorian economy, including business, education and tourism.

“Despite economic turmoil in some parts of the world and generally challenging conditions for aviation more broadly, Melbourne is continuing to attract more international passengers, greatly supported by our 24/7 curfew-free operations and Victoria’s strong appeal as a destination for meetings, major events, tourism and education.

“Our curfew-free operation provides airlines with greater flexibility in scheduling, and also provides our passengers with more services and more choice. It ensures Victoria has an uninterrupted connection to the global economy for the movement of people, goods and services,” Mr Woodruff said.

China continues to drive international passenger growth, with Chinese passport holders up by 22 per cent in 2011/12, to 470,573. Passport holders from India reached 210,454 during the year – a 7 per cent increase on the previous year. Indonesian passport holders rose by 4 per cent to 96,476.

New Zealand remains the number one passenger market, with an 8 per cent increase in passport holders during 2011/12 to 727,056. Passport holders from the United Kingdom declined by 1 per cent to 344,452 although it remains the third largest source of international passengers at Melbourne Airport. Passport holders from the United States increased by 7 per cent compared to last year to 169,706.

International airlines increased a number of services during the year, including China Southern’s seasonal daily double service to Guangzhou; Jetstar increased services to Bali; Garuda provided additional services to Indonesia; and Qantas increased its A380 services to London and Los Angeles.

“We were particularly pleased by the decision by Royal Brunei Airlines to operate its only Australian flights from Melbourne and to increase to a daily service,” Mr Woodruff said.

There was a 2 per cent decline in total domestic passenger numbers for 2011/12, reflecting some of the difficulties experienced by domestic operators during the year. Domestic passenger numbers totalled 21.46 million.

“However, there was a 6 per cent increase in domestic passengers for the month of June 2012, compared to the previous year. This probably reflects the impact of the disruption to domestic aviation in June 2011 caused by the volcanic ash cloud.”

“The introduction of more capacity on domestic routes and price competition among the airlines will undoubtedly help stimulate domestic travel in coming months,” Mr Woodruff said.

Overall passenger numbers for 2011/12, including domestic and international, were 28.2 million which was a flat result compared to the previous year.

Mr Woodruff said Melbourne Airport was continuing to plan for future growth, including the development of a new domestic terminal and further improvements to roads, terminal and airfield infrastructure.

“We completed a number of important projects during the past year, including the expansion of our international terminal; the commissioning of two new baggage reclaim units for international arrivals; completion of the first stage of our terminal forecourt redevelopment; and, just last week, the opening of the $26 million APAC Drive On-ramp to provide a new exit to the Tullamarine Freeway for city-bound traffic which will help to reduce traffic congestion around the airport precinct.”

“In conjunction with Virgin Australia, we have also commenced the refurbishment of the T3 domestic terminal which is used by more than 7 million passengers each year.”


Passenger figures for Quarter 4:

  Quarter 4 Financial year to date / Moving annual total













International 1,599 1,531 4% 6,784 6,287 8%
Domestic 5,292 5,222 1% 21,460 21,903 (2%)
Total (ex transits) 6,891 6,753 2% 28,244 29,190 0%
Transit 29 30 (3%) 132 138 (4%)
Total 6,920 6,783 2% 28,376 28,328 0%


Strong performing nationalities by passport holders for 2011/12 include:

North Asia (%)* South East Asia (%)* Europe (%)* Other (%)*
China 21.9 Philippines 15.1 Ireland 25.1 Canada 10.4
Taiwan 16.0 Sri Lanka 8.2 Greece 22.1 Brazil 10.4
Japan 12.0 India 6.8 Spain 8.7 NZ 8.1
South Korea 5.0 Vietnam 5.9 France 6.1 USA 7.0







percentage growth compared to 2011

Passenger figures for June 2012:

Passengers May 2012 May 2011 Growth (%)*
 International  552,790  505,861 9.3%
Domestic 1,712,916 1,612,423 6.2%
 Total 2,265,706 2,118,284 7.0%

*percentage growth compared to June 2012

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