Melbourne Airport reveals pleasing January details

by Jessica MCILHINNEY on February 22, 2012

International passengers at Melbourne International Airport grew strongly last month when compared to the same month in 2011.

Passenger numbers increased by 5.8 per cent - which means an additional 36,556 passengers – when compared to January 2011, which took total international passengers up to 667,535 for January 2012 overall. Chris Woodruff, Melbourne Airport’s CEO, commented that overall international growth last month was heavily driven by the celebrations for Chinese New Year – whether that meant that members of Melbourne’s Chinese population were heading home for a couple of weeks or their relatives had come to visit them Down Under.

Statistically, the number of passport holders of China and its territories such as Taiwan and Hong Kong increased by over 20 per cent. Additionally, sporting events including Australian Open also pushed up figures. With the F1 Grand Prix coming up in Victoria state’s largest city, the numbers could perhaps be further improved this month.

Woodruff added that the most recent International Visitor Survey figures have shown that foreign visitors have been increasingly spending time in Victorian towns and cities other than Melbourne.  This figure has increased almost four-times-over when compared to changes in visitors to rival states like New South Wales, home to Sydney, and Queensland combined.

Woodruff beamed when he concluded that Victoria is clearly the most popular state in the country not just among visitors from overseas but also domestic, Australian holidaymakers. Despite this though, the amount of domestic passengers that used Melbourne Airport last month actually dropped.

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