April 2009 passenger figures for Perth Airport have demonstrated strong growth in both international and domestic
sectors despite the current slowdown experienced elsewhere in
Australia and overseas.
For the month of April 2009, the number of
international passengers travelling through Perth Airport
increased by 8.9 % over April last year with seat capacity also up by 11.6%.
Financial year to date International passenger
figures have reached 2.2 million passengers up 3.5% higher than
the same period last year.
Domestic passenger numbers were
up by 4.5% on April 2008 with 6 million domestic passengers
this financial year to date being 7.3% more than at the same time last
year. Intrastate passenger figures continue to grow, recording
an increase of 8.5% from April last year and interstate figures
increased by 2.7%.
Perth Airport Chief Executive Officer, Mr
Brad Geatches said the impact of the economic slowdown on
aviation demand in Western Australia has been less than that
experienced elsewhere in Australia and overseas.
passenger figures have remained relatively strong for a number of
reasons, including a substantial increase in domestic and
international seat capacity in the past 12 months and increased
low cost airline participation.
“In particular we have seen
good growth in the Indonesian and Malaysian markets. Passenger
figures for those travelling to Bali were up significantly with
a 37% increase on April last year and we have seen a
considerable increase with the number of Malaysian nationality
visitors travelling to Western Australia up an incredible 82%.
“We continue to see signs of confidence in the Western Australian
market, with AirAsia recently announcing their new daily
services to Indonesia due to commence July this year.”
Adelaide was also a top performing destination last month,
largely to new services from Jetstar and Tiger Airways.
New daily services to Darwin with VirginBlue will also see more
competition in the domestic market.
Mr Geatches said, while
passenger numbers have continued to grow there is no doubt our
airlines are experiencing extremely difficult trading
conditions and are discounting fares to keep people flying.
“Now is a great time to fly with
travellers able to take advantage of the great deals on offer by
airlines,” Mr Geatches added.
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