Perth airport traffic grows 10%04 June 2015 by News Desk
Perth Airport has seen overall passenger numbers rise by 10% in the past year with over 4.13 million travellers using the airport to and from international destinations.
Across the whole of Australia international passenger traffic last year climbed to 33.089 million, compared with 31.345 million in 2013, according to a report by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics.
Qantas leads the market with 15.9%, followed by Emirates (9.7%), Singapore Airlines (8.7%), Jetstar (8.3%) and Virgin Australia (7.8%). Low-cost carriers AirAsia X, Cebu Pacific Air, Indonesia Air-Asia, Jetstar, Jetstar Asia, Scoot and Tigerair accounted for 16.4% of international passenger traffic, up 2% on last year.
Over one million passengers flew from Perth to Singapore, making it the fourth busiest international connection from Australia. Bali – with Lombok – was the top destination for holiday traffic, rising almost 5% to just over 900,000 travellers. Perth to Bali is also Australia’s 10th busiest international route.
Passenger traffic to Kuala Lumpur increased by 11.4% to 554,000; to Johannesburg by 12.3% while traffic to Doha rose by 21%. Traffic to both Bangkok and Phuket in Thailand fell by 20%. Etihad Airways carried 75,000 passengers on its new daily service to Abu Dhabi.
Overall, traffic was up almost 10% and is due to increase further with the airline adding a new daylight service to Auckland from December that will connect with US cities.