Australia’s two busiest airports have reported healthy growth in international passengers in May.
Melbourne Tullamarine said overseas travellers rose 8.3 per cent in May 2016, compared with the prior corresponding period.
There were large increases among visitors from Taiwan (up 75.1 per cent) and Singapore (up 57.7 per cent), while the number of Chinese arrivals rose 9.3 per cent in the month.
The airport is due to add to its Chinese network from July 1, when Xiamen Airlines begins service to Tullamarine from its Xiamen base in south-east China.
Meanwhile, Sydney Airport posted a 7.8 per cent rise in international travellers in May, with the US (up 16.8 per cent) and China (up 13.1 per cent) among the better-performing countries.
The pace of growth among domestic passengers was more sedate at Melbourne and Sydney in May, with both airports recording a 3.9 per cent increase in the month.