Following record-breaking passenger numbers, Melbourne Airport has hinted at plans for upgrades and expansions to keep pace with increasing demand.
Melbourne Airport’s passenger performance for January 2019 has recorded an unprecedented number of international arrivals.
January was the busiest month overall for the airport’s international terminal, Terminal 2, with more than 577,000 travellers flying into Melbourne during summer.
The terminal also saw its largest amount of international arrivals on a single day, when almost 21,000 passengers touched down in Melbourne on 28 January 2019.
Overall international passenger volumes were up by 4.7 per cent compared to figures in January 2018 and financial year-to-date international passenger traffic grew by 7.5 per cent compared to the same time last year.
Domestic travel remained steady, rising by 0.6 per cent compared to traveller numbers in January 2018.
Melbourne Airport CEO, Lyell Strambi, said the soaring international numbers mark a positive start to 2019, and hinted at upcoming developments to meet increasing demand.
“This year we have ambitious plans to build on the success of 2018 by upgrading many aspects of the airport to improve the overall traveller experience, catering to our growing passenger volumes which are set to reach almost 70 million people by 2038,” Mr Strambi said.
“We will be working with our tourism partners to attract new carriers and services while focusing on expanding our runway capabilities to ensure we can keep up with Victoria’s demands for air travel.”