Perth Airport has reported an impressive 6.1%
increase in passenger numbers for the 2008/2009 financial year.
Over 9.7 million passengers travelled through Perth Airport during
this period, an increase of 555,815 passengers over the previous
financial year. International passenger growth stood at 4.2%,
while a domestic passenger growth of 6.7% was recorded.
Perth Airport CEO Brad Geatches said the
continued levels of growth at Perth Airport were a result of
increased domestic and international capacity, particularly within
the low cost sector, as well as the strength of the aviation
sector in the West.
“We are extremely pleased to report that
both our domestic and international markets have continued to
grow over the past twelve months, despite fears surrounding the
global financial crisis and the potential to impact aviation
services, which seem to be ill-founded in the WA market,” Mr
the number of passengers increased during 2008/2009, the
commercial aviation market became far more challenging for our
airline partners in 2009 and many found it necessary to discount
airfares to support demand.”
Perth Airport’s passenger figures
demonstrate that Western Australia has been less affected by the
global economic crisis than in other areas of Australia. Perth has
a number of natural hedges in its aviation markets which make
the business resilient including interstate, intrastate and
international markets with good balance of reason for travel
between leisure, business and visiting friends and relatives.
“The domestic market has contributed substantially to our
increased figures with our intrastate travellers performing
strongly with 15% growth, particularly fly-in fly-out travellers
associated with the resource sector. We have also benefited
from new intrastate and interstate services by Virgin Blue,
Tiger Airways and Jetstar, as well as new services from Skywest,”
Mr Geatches added.
“Internationally, the rise in low cost airlines has significantly
contributed to the increase in our passenger numbers with new
services from Jetstar, Pacific Blue and AirAsia X proving
extremely popular with West Australian travellers who use these
routes as gateways to Asia and beyond.”
Perth Airport has also benefited from a substantial growth in the
Indonesian and Malaysian markets with passenger figures for
those travelling to Bali up significantly with a 42% increase on
financial year. The number of Malaysian nationals travelling to
Western Australia is also strong with passenger numbers up by
Perth Airport’s redevelopment plans remain on track with
$70 million invested in aviation infrastructure during the
2008/09 financial year and a further investment of $190 million
planned for 2010. Works have commenced at both the
International and Domestic Terminals to improve access, ease
traffic congestion and provide a safer road network for all
users and construction of Terminal WA has also commenced with a
26 hectare aircraft parking apron now complete.
Draft Master Plan (2009-2014) will be submitted to the
Commonwealth Government in August. It identifies the land use
at Perth Airport and guides decisions made in relation to planning
and development of the Perth Airport Estate.
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