April has seen the highest number of passengers for this month ever, with positive passenger growth in both the international (8.8%) and domestic (1.8%) markets.
In what is a challenging global environment, Melbourne Airport has remained stoically competitive against major Australian airports with total passenger growth of 3.1% when compared to April in the previous year.
International passengers increased from April of the previous year to reach 420,089 passengers for the month, the highest ever for the month of April.
Looking at the performance of the broader March & April period, Melbourne Airport experienced growth of 2.5%. This was 20,722 additional passengers in 2009 compared to the same period last year, highlighting Melbourne’s strong performance beyond seasonal influences like Easter.
Melbourne Airport CEO Chris Woodruff said “we have been working with our airline customers to secure more seats to ensure supply met demand – we have had success - additional seats, services and new airlines Etihad, Air Asia X and Pacific Blue. This is great news for travellers, offering a larger range of destinations, routes and some brilliant prices in the mix.”
In particular, Melbourne Airport has seen heightened growth in specific international markets such as South East Asia (44%) and Europe (6%).
“Quite simply, we offer airlines a better commercial proposition than our competitors – a 24hr, curfew free single terminal precinct which gives greater scheduling flexibility. We are also investing $330M in our international terminal expansion, part of our planning for the future. This is indeed benefiting our passengers, and certain markets such as Malaysia, where we saw 103% growth, are taking advantage of this” he said.