Published on : Friday, May 27, 2016
Melbourne Airport has recorded 9 million international passengers in 12 months. That is one passenger for every home in Australia, four times the number of cars in Australia and almost the entire population of United Arab Emirates.
The 9 million passenger figure between May 2015 and April 2016 is the highest recorded at Melbourne Airport in one year.
April’s 733,192 international passengers tipped the record-breaking 9 million mark, which is an 8.1 per cent growth on April 2015.
Passport growth came from most major regions, with Singapore and China leading last month’s international growth, with a 44.9 per cent and 19.3 per cent increase respectively. This was mainly due to increased capacity to the region.
Other significant passport markets supporting Melbourne Airport’s growth was the US (+11.4%), Malaysia (+11.3%) and UK (+7.0%). The only main markets down on last year were Indonesia (- 4.4%) and New Zealand (- 0.5%), which experienced 3 per cent reduced capacity in April.
Domestic passengers also grew by 2.7 per cent compared to last April, reaching 2,036,738 passengers.
Quotes attributable to Lyell Strambi, Melbourne Airport Chief Executive Officer
“Recording 9 million international passengers over 12 months for the first time is a significant milestone for our airport. The previous highest number of passengers was 8 million between December 2013 and November 2014.”
“This milestone says a lot about the attraction of this incredible city with millions of visitors each year visiting for work, study and business.”
“Headline entertainment and sporting events held in Melbourne during April, which attracted visitors from interstate and overseas, included the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the Rip Curl Pro.”
“The month of many public holidays, coupled with school holidays, saw Victorians take the opportunity to travel internationally and domestically during April.”
“I would like to thank our airline partners who continue to show commitment to Melbourne Airport and to Victoria by expanding their services.”
“In early April, we announced an exciting new development to be built at Melbourne Airport – Australia’s first surf park. With 35 million* surfers worldwide, this major recreation and leisure attraction is expected to bring more tourists to Melbourne when it opens during the summer of 2017/18.”
Source:- Melbourne Airport
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