Australian airports record another year of strong passenger growth


Australia’s 10 largest airports recorded another year of strong passenger growth as their investment facilitated bigger aircraft and new services in 2017.

Overall passenger numbers at the top 10 airports increased to more than 144 million passengers in 2017, up 4.5 per cent on the previous year.

AAA Chief Executive Officer Caroline Wilkie said the continued rise in passenger numbers reflected airports’ efforts to attract and retain new services and support the visitor economy.

“Airports have invested in a wide range of infrastructure in recent years to facilitate larger, new generation aircraft and improve efficiencies for airlines,” Ms Wilkie said.

“This is improving the capacity of our national network and making Australia a more appealing choice in this globally competitive industry.

“It’s fantastic to see passenger numbers continue to grow as we welcome new services to our airports and more tourists to Australia.

“This growth is also creating improved value and choice for Australian passengers, who are now just a single flight away from even more holiday destinations around the world.”

Importantly, international passenger numbers grew about 6.2% across the 10 largest airports.
Ms Wilkie said the international traffic performance was particularly good news, given the contribution of international tourists to the visitor economy.

“Airports have put significant effort into working with tourism agencies to attract new services, and it’s clear to see we’re reaping the rewards of this work,” Ms Wilkie said.



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