Thursday, March 19, 2015

Chinese new year boost for airport

With the Chinese New Year falling entirely in February there were some big increases in both domestic and international traffic at Cairns Airport. Domestic was up 10.1% and International up 12.6% compared to the previous February. While this follows on from a negative month in January there is some positive commentary from the airport on the international performance which may finally be turning around:
International passenger growth was driven by Chinese New Year flights and more passenger flying between Cairns and Japan.
Combined, passengers on flights to Guam, Hong Kong, Osaka and Tokyo increased 4,400 (+17%) compared to February 2014.
Between December and February, 18,800 Chinese passport holders used T1, which was an increase of 4,300 (+30%) to the same period last year (Department of Immigration data).
The growth of Chinese New Year visitors means that the number of passengers using T1 each day in February is now comparable to the traditional peak month of August.
The domestic passenger growth was supported by the strong international performance.
Counter-seasonality remains a key feature of Chinese tourism for TNQ.

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