January passenger figures for Perth Airport in
Australia show continued growth in both the domestic and international
For the month of January 2009, the number of
international passengers travelling through Perth Airport
increased by 7.9% over the same month last year . Financial year to date
passenger figures for international travellers is up by
4.5% overall to 1.5 million passengers.
Perth Airport Chief Executive Officer, Mr Brad
Geatches said Perth has benefited from a range of new services operating to and from
the airport in the last few months which was being
reflected in the solid passenger numbers.
“AirAsia X, the newest low-cost carrier to commence services to
Perth has six daily services to Kuala Lumpur connecting to a
wide range of destinations in Asia (and to London in March). Both
Jetstar and Virgin Blue now fly direct to Bali, complementing
the long standing Garuda services. These South East Asian
destinations are very popular with the Western Australian market.
“We’ve also experienced strong growth in services operating to
China as Cathay Pacific introduced daily services to Hong Kong
as a result of increased passenger figures.
“The number of
visitors to Perth from South Africa has also grown, resulting in
South African Airways introducing new and larger aircraft with
A340-200’s,” Mr Geatches added.
On the domestic and regional
front, passenger numbers were up by 5.3% on January 2008 and up by
8.9% for the financial year to date to 4.2 million passengers.
Domestic passenger traffic has been assisted by intrastate
services and by new services to Sydney and Brisbane with Virgin
Mr Geatches said Virgin Blue’s decision to launch services
to Newman and Karratha last year as well as base their new Embraer aircraft in Perth, demonstrated confidence in the regional
“Jetstar, continuing to build its
Perth presence, commenced additional domestic services this month
and now flies to Adelaide and Cairns and Tiger Airways will soon
commence flights to Adelaide, on top of their service to
“These extra domestic services provide more
flexibility for travellers and with most airlines promoting
great fares it represents a great time to fly,” Mr Geatches said.
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