Corporate Traveller

More international passengers passing through Melbourne Airport

Domestic and international passenger traffic in Melbourne Airport grew significantly in the second quarter of 2014.

In April 2014, international passengers in Melbourne Airport numbered 651,320, representing a rise of 13.8 per cent compared to the previous year.

According to Melbourne Airport Chief Executive Officer Chris Woodruff, the numbers were boosted by Easter and the accompanying school holidays that took place during the period.

"Although Asia is still driving our international growth, pleasingly, we're also seeing solid growth from across all regions. It was also a strong month for Australian passport holders," Mr Woodruff said.

"We're continuing to transform Melbourne Airport with our new domestic terminal and ground transport hub starting to take shape."

Melbourne Airport saw 1,939,008 domestic passengers in April this year compared to 1,879,410 last year.

In terms of nationalities coming through the airport, 53.3 per cent of travellers from North Asia hailed from Hong Kong. This was followed by Taiwan (28.2 per cent) and Japan (25.3 per cent).

A total of 28.2 per cent of South East Asian visitors came from Singapore, followed by Malaysia (24.1 per cent) and the Philippines (19.2 per cent).

The Victorian government recently announced a new rail link to Melbourne Airport and the extension of the Tullamarine Freeway. Both of these additions will help travellers make their way to the airport with greater ease and convenience.

"We look forward to working with the state government to make these projects happen and improve access to Victoria's aviation gateway," Mr Woodruff said.