Brisbane Airport ends the year flying high

Brisbane Airport has broken its record of 19.4 million passengers, and ending the financial year on a high note with 7% passenger growth in the month of June.

For the financial year domestic passengers at 14.9 million were up 1.1% percent on last year, while the International Terminal saw approximately 4.1 million people, providing 1.0% growth on 2008/2009.

For the month of June alone, there were approximately 346,000 international passengers and 1.2 million domestic passengers, resulting in massive 7.3% and 7.6% increases respectively on last year’s June results.

On the world stage these results puts Brisbane ahead of Moscow, Brussels and Vancouver airports and in the same league as Johannesburg, Sao Paulo and Manila.

Brisbane Airport Corporation Pty Limited CEO and Managing Director, Julieanne Alroe, said that while there was modest growth over the financial year, June’s results were an extremely positive sign that market confidence is returning.

” The passenger trends are strong with the last three months domestic passenger growth averaging 4% and international nearly 2%,” Ms Alroe said.

“Despite the economic turmoil of the past financial year, which had a major impact on our industry, we have managed to hold our own and still improve on the figures from the previous financial year. These results are indicative of our region’s strength as a tourism and business destination, and no doubt the favourable exchange rates and airfares prompted record numbers of Australians to travel overseas.” she said.

“Furthermore, the strength of June’s passenger numbers is a reflection of improving market demand and a return to consumer confidence.”

The past year has also seen Brisbane Airport expand its network, and seat capacity. Last year saw V Australia start flying to Phuket, Philippine Airlines return to Brisbane after 12 years, and the arrival of Tiger Airways.

Brisbane’s domestic network grew considerably in June with airlines adding a total of 130,000 additional seats and the entry of Tiger Airways stimulating passenger demand.