Published on : Monday, February 14, 2022
Melbourne Airport has recorded a modest increase in passenger traffic, as Covid-19 continued to impact summer holiday travel.
The omicron wave dented demand for domestic flights, with all major carriers cutting capacity due to issues with crew availability and traveller hesitancy.
A total of 1,242,125 passengers passed through Melbourne Airport’s terminals in January, up 126,892 on
Passenger numbers were up significantly on January 2021 but were down 62% on the corresponding month in 2020 (3,292,960).
The airport processed 147,160 international travellers, as Australians continued to take advantage of relaxed border rules.
Melbourne Airport CEO Lyell Strambi said the re-opening of Australia’s border to foreign tourists later this
month would help improve the viability of many international services.
“As an end of the line destination, it is difficult for airlines to achieve the passenger volumes they need with only
Australians and some special visa holders able to buy tickets”, he said.
“Our airline partners are already responding positively to the announcement, with Emirates now flying a daily
A380 service to Dubai and others planning to increase capacity.
“The decision to ease the pre-departure PCR testing requirement for international arrivals has been welcome, however we would like to see all pre-departure testing requirements scrapped for fully vaccinated travellers.
“The fear of being stuck overseas because of a positive test result remains a deterrent for many Australians considering an overseas holiday.
“Despite the short-term challenges, we are moving ahead with our plans to build a third runway to ensure that
Melbourne Airport has adequate capacity to meet demand as the aviation industry continues to recover.”
Passenger figures for January 2022:
|Passengers||January 2022||January 2021||Growth (%)*|
|Total (ex transits)||1,242,125||649,195||+91%|
*Monthly percentage growth compared to January 2021
Passenger figures for Financial Year to January
|Passengers||Financial Year 2021/22||Financial Year 2020/21||Growth (%)*|
|Total (ex transits)||3,374,081||1,715,505||+97%|
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