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BNE achieves 6% growth in international passengers in FY14

July 25, 2014 Airport No Comments Email Email

International and domestic passenger numbers through Brisbane Airport (BNE) increased by more than 480,000 in FY14 to exceed 21.8 million, representing a 2.2 per cent increase on FY13.

International Review

The fastest rate of growth in international numbers for several years was seen with an additional 267,700 travellers translating to a 6 per cent increase on the previous year.  This nearly matched the boost in seat capacity of 6.6 per cent or an additional 431,500 seats.

Brisbane Airport CEO and Managing Director Julieanne Alroe said a number of key events helped contribute to the strong 6 per cent growth in international passengers throughout the year.

“The Ashes Cricket Test and the Australian Tourism Exchange in Cairns are events that encouraged many travellers to take advantage of the excellent flight network offered to and from BNE.

“We expect that trend to continue with Brisbane hosting a busy calendar of global events over the coming year, including the G20 and matches for the Asian World Cup and Cricket World Cup,” Ms Alroe said.

Highlights for the year included the arrival of two new international carriers – Garuda Indonesia and Jetstar – both on the Denpasar route. Jetstar also announced the commencement of non-stop services to/from Hawaii from December.  Emirates, Etihad Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines and Qantas were some of the other carriers which increased flights or upgraded aircraft on certain routes in the last 12 months.

The greatest international monthly passenger growth was recorded in April 2014 with over 49,000 extra travellers. The busiest day at the International Terminal was on 5 January with more than 18,200 arrivals and departures.

Visitors from Asia (+10 per cent) and specifically from China (+6.9 per cent), Singapore (+18.2 per cent) and India (+13.2 per cent) were the main drivers of international visitors growth to BNE.

“This significant growth from Asia is why BAC is targeting this region with our recently released China Strategy.  We’re aiming to strengthen existing relationships with airlines, build new relationships with the broader business market and consumers, and increase Brisbane Airport’s profile in this market as a competitive gateway to Australia,” Ms Alroe said.

Domestic review

Domestic passenger growth, while slower than in previous years, was still positive at 1.3 per cent on FY13, or over 211,000 additional travellers on FY13.  This was in contrast to an increase in available seat capacity of 4.4 per cent, equating to over 985,000 more seats on offer across the board.

Average weekly domestic flight frequency also increased by 1.4 per cent year-on-year.

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