Thursday, February 19, 2015

Lunar new year phases Airport

Cairns Airport turned in a negative month in January with Domestic + International (ex transits) passengers down 3.4% on the previous year. However the Chinese lunar new year may play some role falling last year at the end of January and this year I think almost as late in the lunar cycle as it can fall in February. So we will have to wait for next month to really assess any impact here.

There is a comment that closure of Skytrans also marginally impacted domestic traffic.
Meanwhile there appears to have been some problem with the monthly overseas arrivals and departures data from the ABS. Apparently these have been delayed by "passenger card processing issues" at Dep't of Immigration. There is a release today for last September and contingency plans to catch up over coming months.

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