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Melbourne Airport maintains growth in international passengers in April

May 18, 2012

Melbourne Airport’s international passengers grew by 2.2 per cent compared to April 2011, with this year’s earlier Easter holiday period impacting April’s growth figures.

Melbourne Airport CEO, Mr Chris Woodruff, said “Last year, Easter was late in April with many people also combining travel with the Anzac Day public holiday so this month, we are seeing the impacts of the earlier Easter period.  This will also have an impact on May’s comparisons.” 

“It was pleasing however, to see growth across so many of our markets in April including our emerging markets such as China, Taiwan and Sri Lanka as well as our more traditional markets such as the USA and New Zealand.”

“China however remains the market that is driving growth, and the opportunities presented through the development of new aviation services to Australia from major inland regions and cities will continue to support this future growth.”

Melbourne Airport recently concluded a sister airport agreement with Chengdu International Airport in Sichuan province to promote the further development of aviation links with this important region of China.

“Our significant investment in airside and landside infrastructure is providing the capacity for future growth in both the domestic and international markets while delivering better service for our airline customers and passengers,” Mr Woodruff said.

Mr Woodruff said the commissioning of a seventh baggage reclaim unit for international arrivals shortly will further improve the passenger experience at Melbourne Airport.

“We are also about to commence a refurbishment of our T3 domestic terminal and are continuing our planning for our new Southern Precinct domestic terminal.”

“Combined with our 24 hour operation, lower aeronautical charges and single terminal precinct, these projects will ensure that Melbourne Airport continues to grow successfully as Victoria’s aviation gateway.”

Passengers April 2012 April 2011 Growth (%)*
 International   546,701  535,143  2.2
Domestic  1,814,125  1,845,968  (1.7)
 Total  2,360,827  2,381,111  (0.9)

*percentage growth compared to April 2011

North Asia (%)* South East Asia (%)* Europe (%)* Other (%)*
China 31.2 Sri Lanka 21.5 Greece 45.6 Argentia 47.1
Taiwan 24.6 India 14.9 Italy 18.2 Mauritius 37.0
Hong Kong 10.3 Philippines 6.9 Ireland 17.0 NZ 7.0
South Korea 8.1 Maylasia 3.6 France 7.3  Canada 5.2
Japan 3.6 Vietnam 2.2 Germany 5.4 USA 3.9







*percentage growth compared to April 2011

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