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International passenger numbers grow in February

Mar 31, 2017

Melbourne Airport’s international passenger numbers defied market conditions to grow 4.5 per cent in February compared to the same month in 2016.

More than thirty-three thousand additional passengers passed through Melbourne Airport’s international terminal during February, despite a shorter month – 2016 was a leap year – and a variation in Chinese New Year scheduling.

Domestic passenger numbers declined by 2.9 per cent, to just under 1.9 million passengers for the month.

Quotes attributable to Lyell Strambi, CEO Melbourne Airport

“Clearly Melbourne and Victoria have shown themselves to be destinations of choice for international travellers.

“Despite the seasonal softening in the market, continued growth in international passenger numbers highlights why an increasing number of airlines are investing in additional capacity on their Melbourne routes.

“February saw the first complete month of Cathay Pacific’s daily A350 service to Hong Kong, which saw more than 400 seats added to this service each week and introduced a new standard for passenger experience on this important route.

“In addition, February sees Melbourne welcoming thousands of international students back for the start of the tertiary education calendar.”

Passenger figures for February 2017:


February 2017

February 2016

Growth (%)*









Total (ex transits)




*monthly percentage growth compared to February 2016

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