The Australian Newspaper is reporting Australia’s three biggest airports, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane are reporting record numbers of passengers.
Sydney Airport moved a record 36.9 million passengers in 2012, a 3.6 per cent increase on the previous year, while Melbourne Airport's passenger numbers exceeded 29 million, a 5 per cent increase from 2011. Brisbane Airport saw a record 21.5 million passengers pass through its terminals, up 4.5 per cent on 2011.
Sydney Airport is reporting international passenger numbers grew by 5.3 per cent and domestic over 2.7 per cent for the year. December 2012 was the busiest month on record for Sydney Airport.
Brisbane Airport attributed most of its growth from the continued demand from the resources sector as well as cheaper airfares encouraging more to fly.
Melbourne Airport reported an increase of 6 per cent in international passengers with New Zealand, Hong Kong, China, India, Sri Lanka and Vietnam the stand out performers. During 2012 the airline industry introduced significant increases in capacity to Melbourne to stimulate demand. Melbourne Airport is confident there will be a continuing increase in domestic flights and passenger numbers throughout 2013.