Corporate Traveller

Adelaide airport international passenger numbers keep growing

Adelaide Airport has recorded high international passenger growth in the last financial year.

Between June 2013 and June 2014 there was a 25.5 per cent increase in international visitors, the third consecutive year of growth. Overall, Adelaide Airport's total passenger growth for the year was 5 per cent.

In the last two financial years, the number of international visitors to the airport increased by 13 per cent and 14.8 per cent respectively.

The June 2014 quarter also saw substantial growth in international traffic, increasing by 32.8 per cent in the June 2013 quarter.

The number of domestic passengers through the airport also increased in the June 2014 quarter and in the last financial year by 3.4 per cent and 3.5 per cent respectively. However, the number of regional passengers decreased by 2.4 per cent in the June 2014 quarter and 4.7 per cent in the financial year.

The growth in international arrivals has been attributed, in part to Air Asia X and Jetstar commencing international services from Adelaide. These new flights have resulted in low cost international travel for the travel market in Adelaide. Other popular routes have also gained more than one carrier.

Adelaide Airport's Managing Director Mark Young said the growth in the international passengers through the airport was a remarkable result for the airport.

"Our consistent growth has caught the attention of international carriers and resulted in a substantial improvement in the availability of direct services out of Adelaide," he said.

"We now have 53 international services operating directly from Adelaide per week, compared to 33 this time three years ago."