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Easter rush boosts Melbourne Int’l pax numbers

written by australianaviation.com.au | May 20, 2011

Melbourne Airport has reported a surge in international passengers for April, recording a 20.4 per cent increase compared to the same period last year, while also tracking a smaller 3.5 per cent growth in domestic numbers.

The new figures translate to a total of 535,143 international passengers and 63,165 domestic passengers for the month of April, with Melbourne Airport CEO Chris Woodruff citing the busy Easter break, a strong Australian dollar and a number of key overseas markets as factors contributing to the recent spike in numbers.

“Our key Asian markets were again strong performers however the most significant growth was by Australian passport holders who increased by an impressive 28.4 per cent,” Woodruff said in a statement, listing Bali, Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam as popular destinations for Australian travelers,” Woodruff said. “The strong Australian dollar was undoubtedly a key factor in the increased number of Australian passport holders travelling in April.  Combined with the strength of the Victorian economy and the extended Easter and Anzac Day holiday period, it was a great opportunity for Australians to travel, and many people took advantage of that opportunit.”

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Meanwhile, strong inbound growth for April included passport holders from China (26.5 per cent), Indonesia (22.3 per cent), Hong Kong and Singapore (20.6 per cent),  the United Kingdom (15.2 per cent), the United States (12.4 per cent) and New Zealand (15.9 per cent).

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