Brisbane Airport achieves sky-high records

By: Graham Gardiner


Brisbane Airport has broken the 19 million passenger mark for the first time, with a record 19.2 million passengers travelling

Brisbane Airport has broken the 19 million passenger mark for the first time, with a record 19.2 million passengers travelling through the airport in the past financial year.

Domestic passengers of 14.7 million were up 2.8 percent on last year, while the international terminal saw around 4.1 million people, up 0.6 percent.

There was a 5.5 percent increase in annual aircraft movements for the domestic terminal, and 4.6 percent growth for international.

New records were also set at the domestic terminal, with a daily record of more than 50,000 people travelling through the terminal - an event which occurred four times throughout the year.

Brisbane Airport Corporation CEO and Managing Director, Julieanne Alroe, says this represented a 1.3 percent increase on 2007/08, a good result considering the current economic environment.

"The past year has not only seen Brisbane Airport grow in record passenger numbers, but we have also expanded our network, seat capacity and infrastructure," she says.

"Last year saw the opening of Brisbane Airport’s $340 million world-class international terminal expansion, providing a better passenger experience for our customers, and these results are a reflection of our efforts."

Brisbane Airport is now connected to 29 international destinations and 42 domestic destinations, with Apia, Denpasar, Mumbai and Tamworth among the new points on the map.

Markets experiencing the most growth include the United States, Canada, Hong Kong and the Middle East.

"This growth is testament to the extra capacity and new airlines which have been introduced into the network, such as V Australia onto the Brisbane to Los Angeles route," Alroe says.

She says airline ticket sale prices have also contributed strongly to the growth.

"Airlines with special airfares and packages contributed to continual passenger growth, but there is no doubt that with more competition, lower airfares and more choices, the passengers have been the winners this year in air travel," Alroe says.

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