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MEL, SYD post passenger increases in May

written by | June 27, 2016

Australia's domestic carriers at Sydney Airport. (Seth Jaworski)

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.


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  • Kim


    How long before Sydney Airport follows overseas airports and has a direct transport link (i.e. not using public roads) between Terminals. Traffic jams cause delays and missed flights. About time the SAC spent some cash to look after its passengers.

  • Craigy


    I believe Qantas does between the International and domestic terminal as long as you are flying Qantas or OneWorld

  • Adam


    Virgin Australia provide a shuttle from domestic to International that remains mostly within the airport tarmac boundaries. The shuttle only exits the airport just outside the international terminal and drops you off in front of it. This was for a connecting flight for Singapore Airlines after flying up from Melbourne.

  • Geoff


    Well done to both airports, but MEL especially, as you gradually and surely close the gap with SYD for International services and pax numbers.

    What a tremendous achievement since Tullamarine opened in 1970.

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