Double digit growth for BNE in January

Brisbane Airport has kicked off the year on a high recording 10.9 per cent year-on-year growth in passenger numbers, with more than 1.75 million people passing through the Domestic and International Terminals in January.

The airport experienced its strongest international passenger growth for FY12 with more than 400,000 international passengers registered for the third time in just seven months.

Visitor numbers were up by 5.7 per cent, mainly driven by Asia, specifically an influx of travellers from mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong for the Chinese New Year holiday period.

Travellers from North American markets also contributed to the increase in overall visitor numbers, with the growth in the USA visitor market to Brisbane trending stronger than the national average.

Brisbane Airport CEO and Managing Director, Julieanne Alroe, said, “This is a very promising start to the calendar year and we look forward to celebrating continued growth in coming months with our airline partners.”

Domestically, passenger growth reached double digits for the first time since February 2008 with a 12.1 per cent year-on-year increase recorded.

Contributing to this result was the availability of 150,000 additional seats, predominantly to intrastate destinations, compared to last year.

Routes where the strongest capacity growth occurred included Rockhampton, Melbourne, Moranbah, Gladstone, Townsville, Mackay, Emerald, Perth, Newcastle and Roma.

Interstate traffic, however, grew at a faster rate than intrastate traffic for the first time this financial year, with interstate visitation negatively impacted last January by the Queensland floods.

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