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Published on : Wednesday, July 20, 2016
The city of four seasons in one day, world-class coffee, late night restaurants, secret laneways and endless sporting, tourism and business events remained a destination of choice for millions of passengers throughout 2015/16.
New airlines, along with additional routes and services from existing carriers, contributed to a 9.5 per cent increase in international passengers compared to the previous financial year with 9,165,000 passengers travelling through Melbourne Airport.
During the year, international capacity grew by 7.0 per cent and load factors were up by 1.6 per cent on 2014/15.
The China market was consistently strong throughout 2015/16, recording an overall increase of 21.9 per cent on last financial year.
This growth was largely achieved by an increase in capacity from the main Chinese carriers such as Air China, which added a direct Beijing service in June 2015. An increase in services from China Eastern and China Southern also contributed to the strong growth from this market.
Scoot arrived at Melbourne Airport, providing a direct service to Singapore while Indonesia Air Asia X started flying to Bali.
The US market continued to perform well, growing by 11.3 per cent in 2015/16. Benefitting from the increased capacity of Qantas and United, FY16 is the second consecutive year that this market has achieved double digit growth.
Passengers took advantage of Etihad doubling its services in August 2015 and the up-gauge of one of these services from a 777 to an Airbus 380 in June 2016, with the European passport region increasing by 7.8 per cent for FY16.
The New Zealand market again had solid growth for the year (+4.8%) on top of the previous year’s strong growth driven by the 2015 World Cup cricket.
Melbourne Airport celebrated the last month of the financial year with 761,199 international passengers in June, an increase of 11.0 per cent compared to the same month last year.
Growth came from all south east Asia markets, led by Singapore (54.0%). Ramadan celebrations contributed to a 36.6 per cent increase in the Indonesian market.
Other markets that performed strongly in June included Hong Kong (29.4%), India (20.1%), China (16.0%), UK (9.6%) and USA (8.8%).
The domestic market grew by 4.5 per cent for June compared to the same time last year, and 3.7 per cent for the financial year. This is an excellent result, particularly when measured against softer growth rates across the national domestic market.
Quotes attributable to Mr Lyell Strambi, Melbourne Airport Chief Executive
“Domestic and international travellers flocked to Melbourne in droves this financial year. With something for everyone from high level sport, high-end fashion and world-class food along with high profile events and conferences, who could blame them?”
“Our number one market for FY16 was China, which is testament to the strong relationship we have built with all of our Chinese airlines. We will continue to grow this important market by welcoming more Chinese airlines like Xiamen Air, which arrived at Melbourne Airport on 1 July – providing a direct service twice a week to Xiamen in China’s south east.”
“During the year, low cost airlines allowed more people to explore the world. Indonesia Air Asia X completed its first full year of operations and Scoot arrived at Melbourne Airport.”
“June is a popular month for arrivals and departures both domestic and international. The Queen’s Birthday coincides with the opening of Victoria’s ski fields, including the world’s third most visited cross country alpine resort, Lake Mountain. The start of summer in the northern hemisphere as well as popular island destinations are ideal for Victorians looking for a winter escape, particularly popular during June school holidays.”
“Ongoing airline investment in new and expanded services combined with Victoria’s compelling forward program of major sporting, business and major events gives us confidence that we can expect to see these growth trends continue into the coming financial year.”
Source:- Melbourne Airport
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