Brisbane Airport is reporting recent passenger figures indicate intrastate travel between Brisbane and regional Queensland is growing at more than double the rate of interstate travel.
The fastest growing intrastate routes in passenger volume terms for Brisbane Airport include Gladstone, Mackay, Moranbah, Cairns, Emerald, Roma, Whitsunday Coast (Proserpine), Rockhampton, Hervey Bay and Townsville.
Brisbane Airport currently has 44 domestic destinations in its network, 25 of which are Queensland towns or cities. There are over 1,300 flights and almost 140,000 seats a week between Brisbane Airport and other Queensland destinations. In the last 12 months there has been a 22% growth in flights and a 20% growth in seats going to regional Queensland. Brisbane Airports expect these numbers to grow.
In March, total passenger numbers through Brisbane Airport increased by 7.9 per cent, with an additional 127,000 travellers through the Domestic and International Terminals compared to the same time last year. Separately, international passengers increased by 11.1 per cent year-on-year, with domestic traffic up 7.1 per cent for the same period. In 2011 Brisbane Airport welcomed more than 20 million passengers through its facilities.
http://bne.com.au/media-centre/media-releases/qld-intrastate-travel-booming for full copy of the media release.