Sydney Airport Hits 10.4percent Passenger Growth

1st Aug 2012

Officials from Sydney Airport announced recently that it handled record numbers of domestic and international passenger passing through the airport for June 2012. The international traffic saw the biggest growth at 10.4 percent on a year on year basis.

Based on the Moodie Report, the most recent figures show an overall increase of 6.2% for both domestic and international traffic or 2.85 million passengers, 1.88 million of which are domestic or an increase of 4% over the same period last year.

In the international sector, Malaysia registered the highest growth at 69 percent over the same period last year. Singapore and Japan came 2nd and 3rd, both registering double-digit growth over the same period at 62% and 27% respectively. Meanwhile, Australia outbound traffic grew by 11 percent.

Kerrie Mather, the airport's Chief Executive Officer admitted that its international growth was attributed mainly to the launch of new players in low-cost travel industry in Asia.

The entry of Scoot, Singapore's newest budget airlines, into the Australian market contributed the biggest growth of tourists from the tiny city-state by as much as 62%. In turn, Aussie travelers heading to Singapore grew by 29% for the same period.

Malaysian tourists traveling to the continent grew by 69% while travelers from down under to Malaysia increased by 31 percent.

According to Ms. Mather, the domestic sector also did very well during the period.

She added that the additional capacity mounted by Virgin Australia and Jetstar in most of their network resulted to the positive growth experienced by the airport. The average load factor from both airlines and the cycling of Chilean ash cloud also contributed significantly to the increase of passenger traffic.

In July 1 this year, Tiger Airways commenced its operations out of its new base in Sydney and by September, three of its A320 aircraft will be based there as well. By then, services to Gold Coast are expected to increase and the resumption of flights out to Brisbane is seen to begin in a few months.