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.
Source: Cairns Airport